ir·​ri·​tat·​ed | \ ˈir-ə-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce irritated (audio) \

Definition of irritated

: subjected to irritation especially : roughened, reddened, or inflamed by an irritant irritated eyes

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Examples of irritated in a Sentence

irritated viewers were bombarding the station with complaints about the game's delayed start
Recent Examples on the Web Those, in addition to the moisturizing and protective benefits of colloidal oatmeal, could also help soothe irritated skin, Dr. Rieder explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Why Derms Swear By Colloidal Oatmeal for Dry, Irritated Skin," 15 Jan. 2020 For instance, his Turing becomes irritated with an American cable-TV host while trying to explain P = NP. Paul Grimstad, The New Yorker, "Living in Alan Turing’s Future," 19 Jan. 2020 Frequent long, hot showers can dry out the skin, leaving it red, irritated and inflamed. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Combating dry skin in winter," 16 Jan. 2020 To review: Cystic acne forms when a nodule one to two millimeters under the skin's surface becomes severely irritated and inflamed. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Treat Cystic Acne for Clearer Skin," 31 Oct. 2019 This can manifest as persistent itching, sneezing, nasal congestion or runniness, irritated and watery eyes, and hives, to name a few symptoms. Beth Krietsch, SELF, "Can Allergy Tablets Make Your Life Less Miserable?," 20 Aug. 2019 The Pisanos said their family suffered headaches, red, irritated eyes, sore throats, sinus and breathing issues and joint aches. Sig Christenson,, "Family fled sewage-contaminated house on San Antonio base," 24 Nov. 2019 By 1846, residents of Alexandria had grown irritated over being disfranchised, and political control of that area returned to Virginia. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "This man wants to make the District the 24th county in Maryland. Here’s how his plan would work.," 13 Oct. 2019 At stake in the spat are tens of millions of Anchorage municipal dollars and the future of thousands of children in the twin towns where the only thing people might currently be more irritated with than outsiders is each other. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Chugiak-Eagle River divided over proposal to merge high schools," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of irritated

1595, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Irritated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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