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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They're also treated with non-toxic zero-VOC finishes (which have been linked to everything from skin irritation to breathing problems). Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Breathing issues, diarrhea, and skin irritation or changes are certainly worth speaking to your pediatrician about. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 Cotton pads are such a hot topic in South Korea because people take extra precaution to prevent skin irritation, according to Liah Yoo, a YouTube star and founder of popular Korean skin-care brand Krave Beauty. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Korean Cotton Pads Are the Secret to a Proper K-Beauty Skin Routine," 4 Oct. 2018 On the sweat front, the brand ditched aluminum in favor of corn starch, which absorbs wetness without baking soda's potential for skin irritation. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Natural Deodorant With a 13,000-Person Waitlist," 13 Sep. 2018 Breathing these fumes may cause respiratory problems, eye and skin irritation. Giannella M. Garrett, chicagotribune.com, "When planning a hike on an active volcano, safety before spectacle," 11 May 2018 Demirovic adds that most of us get razor bumps where hair grows the thickest, like the face, neck, bikini area and underarms because thick hairs cause more irritation and oil production than finer hair. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid Of Annoying Razor Bumps," 21 Feb. 2019 But know that some women experience irritation from stronger doses, warns Magovern. Alina Dizik, Woman's Day, "Fight Signs of Aging While You Sleep," 10 Sep. 2012 Tsai’s stopovers come as China and the United States are engaged in a trade war, adding to Beijing’s irritation with Washington. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Taiwan's president says no one can 'obliterate' country's existence ahead of US visit," 12 Aug. 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 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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