irritant

adjective
ir·​ri·​tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt How to pronounce irritant (audio) \

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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Economists say the time available for negotiations is too brief to resolve an array of irritants in U.S.-Chinese relations. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline," 19 Feb. 2019 Studying the long-term effects of chemical irritants is a complicated task, as researchers would have to identify and follow the people who are affected for years and years. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Exactly How Tear Gas Affects Your Body," 26 Nov. 2018 European officials are less convinced, viewing the G-7 discord as more than a temporary irritant. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Europe Considers Next Moves After Trump’s G-7 Brush-Off," 11 June 2018 While dealing with sensitive skin is often frustrating, there‘s solace in today‘s ever-growing market, which has never been better suited for showing skin TLC while steering clear of irritants. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Pro’s Guide to Managing Sensitive Skin This Winter," 27 Dec. 2018 Inside the freakishly cohesive culture of the company, they were considered an irritant. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 There are irritants in the U.S.-China relationship beyond trade, such as China’s claims to, and construction on islands in, the South China Sea. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S., China Face Thorny Obstacles to Lasting Trade Peace," 2 Dec. 2018 Yes, the very same oil seen in your acne-curing products is also a major irritant—at least, when used incorrectly. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "4 Essential Oils That Are Actually Really Irritating to Skin," 11 Oct. 2018 The less potential irritants women place on their vulvovaginal tissues, the better. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Two L(i)ps Unveils an Activated Charcoal Sheet Mask for Vulvas," 21 Sep. 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 How to pronounce irritant (audio) \

Kids Definition of irritant

1 : something that is annoying
2 : something that causes soreness or sensitivity

irritant

adjective
ir·​ri·​tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt How to pronounce irritant (audio) \

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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