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Irritate meaning

irritate - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. To render null and void.
  3. 3. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
  6. 6. To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage.
  7. 7. Excited; heightened.
  8. 8. To provoke; excite heat and redness in.

irritate - examples of usage

  1. Whether this applied also to the sentiments expressed in the letter, Katharine was not so sure; but when William's solicitude was spent upon Cassandra it not only failed to irritate her, as it had done when she was the object of it, but appeared, as Cassandra said, the fruit of his love of beauty. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Marthorne, of course, having been born and bred in the circle, knew the main facts; but, when he came to really set himself to work, he quickly felt that he was ignorant, and that at any moment he might irritate some one's hidden prejudice. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. The cause is another disease, during which substances that irritate the lining of the heart are produced and admitted into the circulation. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
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