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 The company produces a range of soaps and other skin-care products that use natural ingredients to minimize the risk of irritation or allergic reactions. al, "Alabama businesswoman wins $10,000 prize on ‘Drew Barrymore Show’," 29 Mar. 2021 Meticulously clean and packed with hundreds of phytonutrients, each bottle is rich in potent botanicals to reverse signs of aging and calm irritation. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Understanding Skincare That Will Make Your Feel Good Inside And Out.," 1 Mar. 2021 Another source of irritation: Anybody who wanted to look at the photos and the floor plan at the same time had to open two webpages. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Zillow Rolls Out Interactive Floor Plans as Video Tours Fall Flat," 19 Feb. 2021 Repeat this process two to three times a week as necessary, and look out for any kind of irritation. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Five tips for taking care of your over-washed hands," 20 Dec. 2020 Those with sensitive skin have reported mild irritation with foot peels. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of dead skin on feet," 21 Mar. 2021 Mr Rigby may have been driven to ridicule the census by irritation at the intrusiveness of its questions, which were nosier than previously. The Economist, "The 2021 Census Britain's census form reveals the obsessions of different eras," 20 Mar. 2021 This little gadget uses suction to instantly soothe irritation from bug bites and stings. Lesley Kennedy And Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "31 genius ways to spend your FSA dollars before they expire on March 15," 9 Mar. 2021 Studies early in the pandemic showed a high prevalence of cardiac abnormalities in COVID-19 in hospitalized, and pericarditis is swelling and irritation of thin tissue around the heart, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 study of professional athletes finds few serious cardiac abnormalities," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Irritation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritation. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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