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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This can also be due to health issues like cervical polyps (non-cancerous growths that can form on your cervix) or irritation from an infection, Dr. Streicher says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Colors Your Vaginal Discharge Can Be (and What They Might Mean)," 8 Feb. 2019 Asked about relations between Republicans and Democrats on the committee, Mr. Grassley showed irritation. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Attorney General Nominee William Barr to Face Questions From Senators," 13 Jan. 2019 This helps create a smoother, cleaner shave that reduces irritation and razor burn. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "I Tried David Beckham's House 99 Sharp Cut Shaving Stick on My Legs," 12 Oct. 2018 Lee County has been reporting side effects, such as respiratory irritation and fish kills, longer than other counties, according to Tracy Fanara, the manager of the Environmental Health program at Florida’s Mote Marine Laboratory. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Florida’s Red Tide Stings Tourist Industry," 15 Aug. 2018 Seaside restaurants in Fort Myers have been closing early with employees complaining of respiratory irritation and beachfront tables sitting empty, Southwest Florida news site Wink reports. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Florida Hit By Worst 'Red Tide' Bloom in Over a Decade," 3 Aug. 2018 In southwest Florida over the past week, a months-long bloom of red tide has been blamed for respiratory irritations and dead fish, turtles and manatees. Jennifer Kay, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Blue-green algae, red tide soil beaches, threaten Florida tourism," 10 July 2018 These can cause irritation and inflammation, making your skin condition worse. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 The alarm Wednesday forced the evacuation of about 200 people, and led to three firefighters being transported to a local hospital as a precaution after experiencing throat irritation and other symptoms, said Sanders. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Fire investigators look into cause of mysterious hazmat at downtown office building," 28 June 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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