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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The band’s lyrics spoke to the average Russian not interested in geopolitical scandals but in complaining about the irritations of daily life. Sabra Ayres, Los Angeles Times, "How Russia’s biggest rock star gets away with speaking truth to power (a.k.a. Putin)," 30 Aug. 2019 Part of the city’s irritation is that the authority neglected to notify the Jackson administration, the school district and other taxing entities that the request was on the August agenda, said Edward Rybka, Jackson’s chief of regional development. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Ohio might strip Cleveland of ability to collect property taxes on $175-million Ohio City project, city says," 28 Aug. 2019 The first would have been to rest Luck's ankle in hopes the irritation in the area would subside. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "It's not the problem, but Andrew Luck's injury begs the question: What is an os trigonum?," 14 Aug. 2019 People assume the irritation is unavoidable, natural wear and tear of the eye that can be alleviated by cheap, easy-to-use eye drops. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Dry eye on the rise: What to know about the chronic disease," 8 July 2019 Fans and writers alike have noted how concentrated the irritation with him is, including bachelors going on record after the show. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Mike Johnson Be the Next 'Bachelor'? Here Are the Potential Clues," 18 June 2019 Health officials said that eases the throat irritation caused by cigarette smoke, making menthols more appealing to young people. Jennifer Maloney And Tom Mcginty, WSJ, "FDA Seeks Ban on Menthol Cigarettes," 15 Nov. 2018 That was an irritation for customers, analysts say. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Instagram is changing the way people buy things," 3 Aug. 2019 Anti-social behaviour and overcrowding are the biggest irritations, according to a recent survey. The Economist, "London’s Tube is worryingly noisy," 12 Aug. 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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