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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Breathing it in can cause lung irritation and severe allergic respiratory problems, the Centers for Disease Control state. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "8 Kinds of Wood That You Should Absolutely Never Burn," 13 July 2018 Exposure to these chemicals can lead to lung irritation, asthma and cancer. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "Citizen scientists are the new community activists," 10 Apr. 2018 James wasn’t shy with his irritation when LaVar Ball took potshots at him last season. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "LaVar Ball's latest bluster shows Los Angeles Lakers need to trade Lonzo Ball," 5 July 2018 While not everyone in the camp Crews identifies as unsupportive speaks of the actor in terms that are as vulgar as Jackson’s, their irritation with Crews’s accounts still functions to discredit both his stories and his masculinity. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 However, since the eye area can be more sensitive than the rest of the face, approach a regimen of either of the vitamins slowly to avoid irritation. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Ways to Handle Crow's Feet," 15 Feb. 2019 To avoid continual eye irritation and wateriness, make sure to remove all the makeup from around your eyes at night. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Makeup Tips for People Whose Eyes Water All the Time," 20 June 2018 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

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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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