irritation

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​tion | \ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of irritation 

1a : the act of irritating

b : something that irritates

c : the state of being irritated

2 : a condition of irritability, soreness, roughness, or inflammation of a bodily part

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Synonyms for irritation

Synonyms

aggravation, aggro [British], annoyance, bother, botheration, exasperation, frustration, grief, pip [chiefly British], vexation

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Examples of irritation in a Sentence

Dad's general irritation at the incessant complaining coming from the back seat of the car.

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Arbiter's irritation with the rampant misuse of the phrase prompted her to take to Twitter earlier this week. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "No, Meghan Markle Isn't Breaking Royal Protocol," 17 June 2018 And while the warnings seem to sound like a Snopes’ false investigation, the online fact checking site says the claims of severe irritations are true. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Dangerous plant that causes blindness, 3rd degree burns found in multiple states, officials say," 15 June 2018 At higher concentrations, vog can cause headaches and irritation to the lungs and eyes, the University of Hawaii at Hilo told CNN. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "What in the world are vog, laze and Pele's hair? A volcano glossary," 1 June 2018 The invasive plant, which was first spotted in the U.S. in 1917, produces toxic sap that can cause severe irritation when skin is exposed to sunlight. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "A Virginia Teen Suffered Third Degree Burns After Encountering a Giant Hogweed Plant," 13 July 2018 The chemical in the creek can cause skin irritation or nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Sarah Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Chemical from portable toilets kills fish in Yellow Fork Creek," 22 May 2018 The irritation with Gibson boiled over in the fifth inning. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 Laze can cause irritations of the skin, eyes and lungs, and those suffering from asthma or emphysema may be particularly vulnerable. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hawaii on edge as lava reaches power plant: 'No one has faced this before'," 22 May 2018 The Tigers brought up lefty Daniel Stumpf, who had been on the DL with a ulnar nerve irritation. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways: How adding Jim Adduci impacts James McCann," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of irritation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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irritation

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​tion | \ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of irritation

1 : the act of making annoyed or sore and sensitive : the state of being annoyed or sore and sensitive irritation of the skin

irritation

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​tion | \ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Medical Definition of irritation 

1a : the act of irritating

b : something that irritates

c : the state of being irritated

2 : a condition of irritability, soreness, roughness, or inflammation of a bodily part

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