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Irritating definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

IR'RITATING, ppr. Exciting; angering; provoking; causing to contract.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong" [syn: annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing]
2: (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite; "an irritative agent" [syn: irritating, irritative]
3: causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful" [syn: irritating, painful]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Irritate Ir"ri*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Irritated; p. pr. & vb. n. Irritating.] [L. irritatus, p. p. of irritare. Of doubtful origin.] 1. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate. Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth them. --Bacon. 2. To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a tyrant irritates his subjects. Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god: Prevent the rage of him who reigns above. --Pope. 3. (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2. 4. (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage. Syn: To fret; inflame; excite; provoke; tease; vex; exasperate; anger; incense; enrage. Usage: To Irritate, Provoke, Exasperate. These words express different stages of excited or angry feeling. Irritate denotes an excitement of quick and slightly angry feeling which is only momentary; as, irritated by a hasty remark. To provoke implies the awakening of some open expression of decided anger; as, a provoking insult. Exasperate denotes a provoking of anger at something unendurable. Whatever comes across our feelings irritates; whatever excites anger provokes; whatever raises anger to a high point exasperates. ``Susceptible and nervous people are most easily irritated; proud people are quickly provoked; hot and fiery people are soonest exasperated.'' --Crabb.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Something that is irritating keeps annoying you. They also have the irritating habit of interrupting. = annoying ADJ irritatingly They can be irritatingly indecisive at times. ADV: usu ADV adj, also ADV with cl 2. An irritating substance can cause your body to itch or become sore. In heavy concentrations, ozone is irritating to the eyes, nose and throat. ADJ: oft ADJ to n

Moby Thesaurus

acerbic, acid, acrid, aggravating, aggravative, annoying, asperous, astringent, biting, bitter, bothering, bothersome, caustic, chafing, contentious, cutting, disturbing, escharotic, exasperating, exasperative, fretting, galling, grating, grinding, harassing, harsh, importunate, importune, irking, irksome, irritant, irritative, keen, mordant, nose-tickling, penetrating, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, piercing, piquant, plaguesome, plaguey, plaguing, poignant, provocative, provoking, pungent, rasping, rough, scratchy, severe, sharp, sour, stinging, teasing, tiresome, tormenting, trenchant, troublesome, troubling, vexatious, vexing, vitriolic, wearisome, worrisome, worrying

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