First Known Use of irritant
Examples of irritant in a Sentence
dust and other lung irritants
The delay was a minor irritant.
Recent Examples of irritant from the Web
The smoke emitted is an irritant that can create breathing issues.
Fifteen sheriff's deputies were taken to the hospital for inhaling the irritants and a mandatory evacuation is in place for all residents living within 1.5 mules of the chemical plant in southeast Texas.
In Hamburg, Germany, in early July, Tillerson scolded Lavrov for raising minor irritants in the relationship rather than big issues such as disagreements over the course of Syria’s civil war.
Those with inflammatory conditions, such as dermatitis or rosacea, might particularly find this useful in restoring equilibrium, according to Holey; the lack of essential oils and fragrance (potential irritants) is another plus.
At first Harry does not notice, and then with some effort sheds the unwelcome irritant.
One senior commander told CNN two years ago that ISIS was no more than an irritant to the Kurds.
The Taliban presence in Qatar has long been a regional irritant, one that has fueled an unresolved feud between Doha and regional powers, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which want to see Taliban leaders kicked out of Doha.
One of those methods is scattering 3D printed baby tortoises decoys, which emit irritants derived from grape juice concentrate (farmers use this chemical compound to keep birds from congregating on agricultural fields and commercial centers).
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First Known Use of irritant
Synonymsaggravation, aggro [British], bother, botheration, bugbear, exasperation, frustration, hair shirt, hassle, headache, inconvenience, irk, annoyance, nuisance, peeve, pest, rub, ruffle, thorn, trial, vexation
Related Wordsdiscomfort, fleabite, pinprick; affront, insult, offense (or offence); upset, worry; affliction, albatross, burden, cross, curse, menace, millstone, plague, sore; anxiety, plight, predicament, tribulation, trouble; hang-up, pet peeve, problem; annoyer, disturber, harasser, mischief, offender; pandora's box
Near Antonymsdelight, joy, pleasure
IRRITANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irritant for English Language Learners
: something that makes part of your body sore and painful
: something that is unpleasant or annoying : something that irritates you
IRRITANT Defined for Kids
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