ir·​ri·​tat·​ed | \ˈir-ə-ˌtā-təd \

Definition of irritated 

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

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Synonyms for irritated


aggravated, annoyed, bothered, exasperated, galled, irked, narked [British], peeved, put out, scunnered [chiefly Scottish], teed off, vexed

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Examples of irritated in a Sentence

irritated viewers were bombarding the station with complaints about the game's delayed start

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Would Segura get irritated and argue against the decision like Kyle Seager? Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Fighting through a rare slump, Mariners shortstop Jean Segura gets a day off on Tuesday," 7 Aug. 2018 Eczema can create incredibly irritated and tender skin pretty much anywhere on your body. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Deal With That Frustrating Hand Eczema," 25 Apr. 2018 How long and how rigorously a person scrubs his or her face will determine whether the skin gets irritated. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Are You Exfoliating Your Face Wrong?," 11 July 2018 Phoenix mounted a too-little, too-late comeback in the fourth to make the score more respectable -- and forced an irritated Pacers coach Nate McMillan to reinsert his starters -- but the final result was never in doubt. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers set the tone early against the Suns," 24 Jan. 2018 An irritated young man named Jesus Padilla, sitting behind the wheel of his car, argues with a San Antonio police officer on the shoulder of a road. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Courting arrest for online clicks and the First Amendment," 9 July 2018 Also this skin looks a bit red and irritated under the flakes. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "Eyebrow Dandruff Is a Thing—Here’s How to Treat It," 28 June 2018 By last week, Huddy’s accusations of political favoritism had so irritated Rhodes that the long-time auditor was personally responding to Huddy’s emails and demanding an apology from him. Dan Horn,, "Politics or bad break? How one man's tax bill became a headache for Auditor Dusty Rhodes," 18 June 2018 There are so many wonderfully acidic sentences in this bewildered, deeply irritated review. Sara Benincasa, Longreads, "Great Reviews Of Movies I Have Never Seen: A Reading List," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of irritated

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritated was in 1595

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