irascible

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From French irascible, from Late Latin īrāscibilis.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɪˈɹæs.ɪ.bəl/, /ɪˈɹæs.ə.bəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪbəl

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irascible (comparative more irascible, superlative most irascible)

  1. Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable.
    • 1809, Diedrich Knickerbocker [pseudonym; Washington Irving], A History of New York, from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty. [], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), New York, N.Y.: Inskeep & Bradford, [], OCLC 426050984:
      chapter 16
      [] the surly and irascible passions which, like belligerent powers, lie encamped around the heart.
    • 1863, Louisa May Alcott, “chapter 1”, in Hospital Sketches:
      I am naturally irascible, and if I could have shaken this negative gentleman vigorously, the relief would have been immense.
    • 1921, William Butler Yeats, “chapter 10”, in Four Years:
      [] a never idle man of great physical strength and extremely irascible—did he not fling a badly baked plum pudding through the window upon Xmas Day?
    • 2004 Feb. 29, Daniel Kadlec, “Why He's Meanspan”, in Time[1]:
      Alan Greenspan was on an irascible roll last week, first dissing everyone who holds a fixed-rate mortgage — suckers! — and later picking on folks who collect Social Security: Get back to work, Grandma.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin īrāscibilis.

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irascible (masculine and feminine plural irascibles)

  1. irascible

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin īrāscibilis, from īrāscor (grow angry), from īra (anger).

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irascible (plural irascibles)

  1. irascible

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īrāscibilis.

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  • IPA(key): (Spain) /iɾasˈθible/, [i.ɾasˈθi.β̞le]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /iɾaˈsible/, [i.ɾaˈsi.β̞le]

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irascible (plural irascibles)

  1. irascible

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