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irritate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of irritate

  1. 1 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts <constant chatter irritated the student, who was trying to concentrate on a hard assignment> Synonyms aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vex Related Words hassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrage Phrases get one's goat, get on one's nerves, get to, rub the wrong way, set one's teeth on edge, stick in one's craw, wear on Near Antonyms appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe

  2. 2 to make sore by continued rubbing <new shoes usually irritate my feet> Synonyms abrade, excoriate, fret, gall, chafeRelated Words graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame (also enflame); flay, peel, skin




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