irritation

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​tion | \ ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce irritation (audio) \

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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Noah and Michael wander around Nice, annoying French waiters and suppressing their irritation with each other with varying degrees of success. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Emma Donoghue’s ‘Akin’ sends an odd couple to France," 10 Sep. 2019 Spurred partly by her irritation with Dean’s tech fixation, Gabriela decides to stay in New Zealand. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Netflix Wants You to Ditch the Hustle and Find Love," 31 Aug. 2019 The image went viral almost immediately: Jesús Orta Martínez, Mexico City’s security minister, shrouded in a sparkling shock of hot-pink glitter, his irritation barely concealed. Lauren Cocking, Teen Vogue, "The History of Using Glitter As a Symbol of Protest," 28 Aug. 2019 Speaking after the game, Howe described his irritation with the result and the game. SI.com, "Eddie Howe Frustrated With Bournemouth Performance in Sheffield United Stalemate," 10 Aug. 2019 As primary mouthpiece for Simenon’s social skepticism, Maigret keeps his irritation with the bourgeoisie, and his bafflement at the ways of the very rich, controlled and tempered. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 These alumni have flourished, to his evident irritation, in environments, from rock music to cinema, hard to square with public schools’ stereotypical stodginess. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Gilded Youth’ Review: Such, Such Were the Joys," 14 June 2019 Breathing in the spores of the aspergillus fungus can also cause lung irritation or damage, again, especially in individuals with pre-existing lung disease, such as tuberculosis or COPD. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Aflatoxins in Nuts: Danger or Hype?," 6 June 2019 Also, Camkiran notes that friction from working out at the gym could cause future irritation on the skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Bikini Wax Less Painful, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce irritation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce irritation (audio) \

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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