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Definitions of irritate

  1. censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"; "check" is archaic Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. physiology and biology: excite to some characteristic action or condition, as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. Irritability. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To render null and void. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Excited; heightened. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To provoke or make angry; cause heat and redness in. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To cause irritation. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  14. To make angry: to provoke: to excite heat and redness in. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To provoke; excite heat and redness in. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To anger; provoke; inflame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To excite heat and redness in; to make angry or fretful; to provoke; to heighten excitement in; to cause irritation in. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To render null. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To make angry or fretful; to provoke or exasperate; to inflame or excite heat in, as the flesh or skin. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. ir'i-t[=a]t, v.t. to make angry: to provoke: to excite heat and redness in: (Scots law) to render null and void.--n. IRRITABIL'ITY, the quality of being easily irritated: the peculiar susceptibility to stimuli possessed by the living tissues.--adj. IRR'ITABLE, that may be irritated: easily provoked: (med.) susceptible of excitement or irritation.--n. IRR'ITABLENESS.--adv. IRR'ITABLY.--n. IRR'ITANCY, the state of being irritant: a becoming null and void.--adj. IRR'ITANT, irritating.--n. that which causes irritation.--n. IRRIT[=A]'TION, act of irritating or exciting: excitement: (med.) the term applied to any morbid excitement of the vital actions not amounting to inflammation, often, but not always, leading to that condition.--adjs. IRR'IT[=A]TIVE, IRR'IT[=A]TORY, tending to irritate or excite: accompanied with or caused by irritation. [L. irrit[=a]re, -[=a]tum, prob. freq. of irr[=i]re, to snarl, as a dog.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. Excite to anger, annoy, vex, whence irritatingly adv.; excite, produce uneasy sensation in, (bodily organ &c.); (Physiol.) stimulate (organ) to vital action. Hence or cogn. irritation n., irritative a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. (law). Make null& void. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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