irritant

adjective
ir·ri·tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt \

Definition of irritant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: causing irritation specifically : tending to produce physical irritation

irritant

noun

Definition of irritant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that irritates or excites

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Examples of irritant in a Sentence

Noun

dust and other lung irritants The delay was a minor irritant.

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Eczema ultimately comes down to an issue with your skin barrier, which is supposed to protect you from things like bacteria, irritants, and allergens. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Causes Eczema, Anyway?," 13 July 2018 Some contained a sticky irritant, and several staff members were taken to hospitals as a precaution, but a parliamentary spokesman said the substance was found not to be harmful. New York Times, "Muslim U.K. Lawmakers Receive Threatening Packages With Letter," 16 Mar. 2018 Yet the list of ingredients (one version contains phenol, a potential irritant) didn’t sit well with her. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Meet Moon Juice’s Next Cult Creation: Skin Care With Super-herbs," 7 June 2018 Ingles the irritant Game 4 was edgy in every way – just like Joe Ingles likes it. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Three reasons the Jazz have Thunder on the brink of elimination after Game 4 win," 24 Apr. 2018 Get our daily newsletter The dispute remained an irritant for most of the 20th century. The Economist, "Guatemala votes to demand 53% of its neighbour’s territory," 19 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday night, the Metropolitan Police released a statement attributed to Ms. Skripal, turning down a Russian offer of consular assistance, adding another irritant to worsening relations with Moscow. Stephen Castle, Michael Wolgelenter, Richard PÉrez-peÑa And Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Attack on Skripals Shows Russia Is ‘Reckless,’ U.K. Says," 12 Apr. 2018 More broadly, Xi repeated official promises to expand imports and to narrow China’s trade surplus, another irritant for Washington. Washington Post, "China’s president offers US possible trade concessions," 10 Apr. 2018 More broadly, Xi repeated official promises to expand imports and to narrow China's trade surplus, another irritant for Washington. Joe Mcdonald And Gillian Wong, chicagotribune.com, "China's president offers U.S. possible trade concessions," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of irritant

Adjective

1636, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritant was in 1636

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irritant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of irritant

: something that makes part of your body sore and painful

: something that is unpleasant or annoying : something that irritates you

irritant

noun
ir·ri·tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt \

Kids Definition of irritant

1 : something that is annoying

2 : something that causes soreness or sensitivity

irritant

adjective
ir·ri·tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt \

Medical Definition of irritant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: causing irritation specifically : tending to produce inflammation

irritant

noun

Medical Definition of irritant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that irritates or excites specifically : an agent by which irritation is produced a chemical irritant

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