irritation

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

Definition of irritation

1a : the state of being irritated
b : something that irritates
c : the act of irritating
2 : a condition of irritability, soreness, roughness, or inflammation of a bodily part

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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 Symptoms associated with exposure included lightheadedness, dizziness, mucous membrane irritation, cough, respiratory distress and burning skin. NOLA.com, "From the Files of The Farmer," 27 Oct. 2020 Swimming remains prohibited and contact with the water is discouraged due to blue-green algae toxins that can cause skin and eye irritation and intestinal distress. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 16 Oct. 2020 For anyone who needs it, then, there exists within Glück’s work a glossary of today’s moods: rage, vulnerability, despair, gallows humor, irritation, loneliness, an aura of intensity around the mundane. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Louise Glück, Whisperer of the Seasons," 15 Oct. 2020 This can lead to dryness, redness, irritation, and even a more aged appearance. Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, "Understanding Your Skin's Acid Mantle and Why It's So Important," 15 Oct. 2020 The formula combines retinoids, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, reduce puffiness, and fade dark circles without irritation. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "15 of the Best Retinol Serums and Creams That Will Transform Your Skin," 14 Oct. 2020 Common short-term side effects of inhaling smoke particles are eye irritation, sore throat, runny nose, phlegm production, wheezy breathing and headaches. oregonlive, "Portland now has the worst air quality in the world, due to Oregon and Washington wildfires," 11 Sep. 2020 Aside from working to give you mile-long lashes, RevitaLash is also formulated to help protect, strengthen and nourish each one without irritation. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Dermstore just cut the price on a ton of cult-loved beauty and skincare favorites," 13 Aug. 2020 The tool, which pares down hair with a spinning head as the user grazes the skin in circular motions, is amazing for trimming away upper lip fuzz, pesky chin hairs or stray brow strands, with no skin irritation or coarse return growth. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "25 skincare gifts beauty lovers are obsessing over this year," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of irritation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

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The first known use of irritation was in the 15th century

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18 Nov 2020

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“Irritation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritation. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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