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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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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The sneeze reflex is usually activated when your nose’s mucous membranes are irritated. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019 These include no disagreements about parenting styles, no getting irritated when someone isn't doing their fair share of housework, and nobody to question your choices. Kate Bolick, Cosmopolitan, "Should You Have a Baby on Your Own?," 11 May 2015 From the dry, freezing air on the streets to the central heat indoors, winter is virtually designed to suck the moisture out of your complexion, leaving it brittle, easily irritated, and devastatingly dull. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "12 Face and Body Moisturizers That Will Transform Dry Winter Skin Overnight," 31 Jan. 2019 Read on for the dos and don'ts of calming the inflammation and healing the irritated skin on the double. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 The best way to fix scratchy eyeballs is to figure out what’s causing them to be so damn irritated in the first place. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Cause Irritated, Scratchy Eyes," 29 June 2018 While this can result in an irritated bump that looks exactly like a vaginal pimple, vaginal acne is an infection. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Is Vaginal Acne, and How Do You Treat It?," 3 Dec. 2018 Patch testing is usually conducted to see what might be causing an issue like contact dermatitis (an allergic skin reaction that involves an itchy, inflamed rash) or eczema (a condition that can cause persistently dry, irritated, rash-ridden skin). Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Expect If You Need Allergy Testing," 5 Sep. 2018 And for me, that means 15 minutes when my face doesn’t look acne-prone and irritated, but rather pure, flushed, and glowy. Jessica Defino, Marie Claire, "Can You Orgasm Your Way To Better Skin? I Tried," 17 Oct. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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