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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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 Although over-the-counter medications are commonly used for diverticulitis pain management, many NSAIDs can result in irritation and/or damage to the stomach or liver lining. Nicole Skrobin, chicagotribune.com, "The role medical cannabis plays in treating diverticulitis," 10 Sep. 2019 Doctors believe the teen's vaping habit was the cause of his health failure, and one doctor, pulmonologist Karen Schultz, said the teen had caused enough irritation and damage to scar his lungs. CBS News, "Vaping lung disease cases in Utah quadruple after only one week," 27 Aug. 2019 Friends remember him as playful and big-hearted, not given to irritation unless people treated his employees poorly, or wanted to destroy the Amazon. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 The Chop’s popularity in Atlanta won’t soon abate, and even breaks out spontaneously when the Braves rally on the road (often to the irritation of the home team’s fans). Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Chief Wahoo missing from Cleveland's All-Star Game, but mascot issue endures," 7 July 2019 Along with delightful side effects like peeling, sunburns can cause intense itching thanks to skin irritation. Korin Miller, SELF, "14 Causes of Itchy Boobs Everyone Should Know," 3 July 2019 Noah and Michael wander around Nice, annoying French waiters and suppressing their irritation with each other with varying degrees of success. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Emma Donoghue’s ‘Akin’ sends an odd couple to France," 10 Sep. 2019 Spurred partly by her irritation with Dean’s tech fixation, Gabriela decides to stay in New Zealand. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Netflix Wants You to Ditch the Hustle and Find Love," 31 Aug. 2019 The image went viral almost immediately: Jesús Orta Martínez, Mexico City’s security minister, shrouded in a sparkling shock of hot-pink glitter, his irritation barely concealed. Lauren Cocking, Teen Vogue, "The History of Using Glitter As a Symbol of Protest," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of irritation

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

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26 Oct 2019

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

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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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