irritated

adjective
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 Human beings absorb more information when they aren’t stressed, or tuned out, or irritated. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Sheila Ford Hamp has a vision. She knows exactly what it sounds like.," 15 Jan. 2021 Many parents became similarly irritated that the state gradually eased restrictions on businesses including hair salons and bars as schools mostly remained closed in the months following Brown’s initial order. oregonlive, "2020 in review: The 8 Oregon education stories that defined the year," 31 Dec. 2020 But prescription retinoids are strong stuff, so your skin is likely to get sensitive and irritated as it gets used to their mechanisms of action. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "How to Manage Retinization When Using Retinoids," 26 Dec. 2020 Many people rub the cleanser onto their face with their fingertips, especially since washcloths can be too abrasive for sensitive or irritated skin. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best hypoallergenic skin cleanser," 12 Aug. 2020 But this process often leads to dry, irritated skin. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "The 9 top health and medicine breakthroughs of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 These tactics could backfire, however; judges in custody cases were apt to become irritated by lofty arguments about parents’ rights, and didn’t like to get involved in disputes about religion. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?," 30 Nov. 2020 But this process often leads to dry, irritated skin. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "The 9 top health and medicine breakthroughs of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 But this process often leads to dry, irritated skin. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Irritated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritated. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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