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Definitions of irritant

  1. That which irritates or excites. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Any agent by which irritation is produced; as, a chemical irritant; a mechanical or electrical irritant. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A poison that produces inflammation. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which causes irritation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Irritation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Anything that irritates. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Something that causes irritation or excitement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. That which irritates or causes pain, heat or tension. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. An external stimulus which provokes a response. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  10. Rendering null and void; conditionally invalidating. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Irritating; producing irritation or inflammation. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Causing redness or inflammation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Irritating. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. In law, rendering null and void, as an irritant clause. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for irritant

  1. If I am to be silent as to Heraclian's defeat, I must give them some other irritant which will put them in a proper temper to act on that defeat, when they are told of it. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  2. Cares of business are a wholesome counter- irritant to draw the blood from the nobler parts. – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
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