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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
By that time, the Sixers were fully committed to The Process and a long rebuild, and irascible Philly fans had grown more patient.
With his irascible grin and fighter-pilot moxie, McCain was elected to the Senate from Arizona six times, but twice thwarted in seeking the presidency.
In contrast to the mild, placid Allen, Mahaney is an irascible mountain man who could start an argument in an empty room.
Felder plays both von Breuning and Beethoven, easily moving between the academic von Breuning to the sometimes irascible and later irrational Beethoven.
The fate of one irascible canine, however, spurs her to vie for a spot on the training team.
The latest in a seemingly endless procession of documentaries about shutterbugs, The Incomparable Rose Hartman doesn’t quite make the case for lengthily profiling its irascible and not particularly interesting subject.
That irascible, independent streak is part of what made him beloved and led to him receiving the nation’s top prize for humor.
The late-night host’s irascible, independent streak inspired fierce loyalty from fans and critics and led to his being honored with the nation’s top prize for humor.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of irascible
First Known Use: circa 1530See Words from the same year
Synonymscholeric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irritable, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, prickly, quick-tempered, raspy, ratty, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snarky, snippety, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspish
Related Wordsbearish, bilious, cantankerous, cross-grained, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, dyspeptic, ill-humored, ill-natured, ill-tempered, off-color (or off-colored), ornery, querulous, snarly, surly; argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, disputatious, fractious, fretful, pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent; huffy, pouty, sensitive, short, sulky, sullen, tetchy, thin-skinned, touchy; hot-blooded, passionate
Near Antonymsaffable, companionable, cordial, extroverted (also extraverted), friendly, genial, gregarious, outgoing, sociable; agreeable, amiable, good-natured, good-tempered, sweet, well-disposed; carefree, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, relaxed; forbearing, long-suffering, obliging, patient, stoic (or stoical), tolerant, uncomplaining, understanding
IRASCIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irascible for English Language Learners
: becoming angry very easily : having a bad temper
IRASCIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of irascible for Students
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