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Examples of irascible in a Sentence
an irascible old football coach
He has an irascible disposition.
Recent Examples of irascible from the Web
The more the rest of the world complains, the more irascible China sounds.
But for full contest access, Max must pose as a competitor, with the irascible Rottie undergoing a show dog crash course courtesy of an ex-champion, Philippe (Stanley Tucci), and a human FBI special canine consultant (Natasha Lyonne).
For now, White House aides said, Giuliani still has a direct line in to Trump—the two speak almost daily—and nobody in the West Wing is eager to insert themselves between the two irascible New Yorkers by yanking Giuliani off TV.
Whether that was wishful thinking or an effort to calm an irascible president, Cobb's prediction proved incorrect.
Olivares, portrayed in history texts as an aging and sometimes irascible priest, had visited what was known as San Antonio in 1709 and was determined to start a mission here.
Specs Simmons, an irascible unrepentant lefty who was born in Boston in 1928, died in October 2016.
This normally irascible breed were friendly and welcoming when Meghan entered the queen’s sitting room.
Husband father grandfather brother and a great friend to many Joe was tough kind irascible generous garrulous an entrepreneur and a great guy to have a drink with.
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irascible Has an Angry History
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.
choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irritable, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, prickly, quick-tempered, raspy, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspish;
out of humor, out of sorts;
IRASCIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
: becoming angry very easily : having a bad temper
IRASCIBLE Defined for Kids
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