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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Anti-social behaviour and overcrowding are the biggest irritations, according to a recent survey. The Economist, "London’s Tube is worryingly noisy," 12 Aug. 2019 In people, exposure can cause symptoms including sore throat, headache, skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, nausea and stomach cramps. Trevor Reid, The Denver Post, "Windsor Lake closed after presence of blue-green algae confirmed," 24 July 2019 Formulated with salicylic acid in addition to clay, this mask works in five minutes to deeply clean and unclog pores without irritation. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "The best products for oily skin, according to dermatologists," 6 July 2019 Pinguecula, which can develop from a chronic irritation in the eye, is a yellowish deposit of protein, fat or calcium. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019 There is no such thing as frustration or irritation, only a grab bag of neuronal activities taking place in far-flung regions of the brain. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Conscience’ Review: Wired to Care," 12 June 2019 This will help to prevent any vaginal issues, such as yeast infections, vaginal irritation, and bacterial vaginosis. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here’s Why You Might Want to Sleep Without Underwear," 2 Apr. 2019 The team announced that Burnes was going on the 10-day injured list with shoulder irritation. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trip to injured list with shoulder irritation gives Brewers' Corbin Burnes a chance to reset," 16 July 2019 Prater didn't originally think anything of the irritation before the diagnosis. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A man went to the optometrist with something stuck in his eye. The doctor pulled out a tick.," 16 July 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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