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irascible

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adjective iras·ci·ble \i-ˈra-sə-bəl\

Simple Definition of irascible

  • : becoming angry very easily : having a bad temper

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of irascible

  1. :  marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger

irascibility

play \-ˌra-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

irascibleness

play \i-ˈra-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun

irascibly

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of irascible in a sentence

  1. an irascible old football coach

  2. He has an irascible disposition.



Did You Know?

If you try to take apart "irascible" in the same manner as "irrational," "irresistible," or "irresponsible," you might find yourself wondering what "ascible" means-but that's not how "irascible" came to be. The key to the meaning of "irascible" isn't the negative prefix ir- (which is used before words that begin with "r"), but the Latin noun ira, meaning "anger." From "ira," which is also the root of "irate" and "ire," came the Latin verb irasci ("to become angry"), which led to French irascible. English speakers borrowed the word from French in the 16th century.

Origin and Etymology of irascible

Middle French, from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci to become angry, be angry, from ira


First Known Use: circa 1530


IRASCIBLE Defined for Kids

irascible

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adjective iras·ci·ble \i-ˈra-sə-bəl\

Definition of irascible for Students

  1. :  easily angered





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