irritate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin irrītātus, past participle of irrītō (excite, irritate, incite, stimulate).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪɹ.ɪˌteɪt/
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Verb[edit]

irritate (third-person singular simple present irritates, present participle irritating, simple past and past participle irritated)

  1. (transitive) To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., [], [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 0056:
      Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  2. (intransitive) To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.
  3. (transitive) To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
  4. (transitive, obsolete, Scotland, law) To render null and void.
    • c. 1634-1661 John Bramhall, Protestants' Ordination Defended
      Are human laws presently superfluous, so often as they do not irritate or abrogate Divine laws ?

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

irritate

  1. feminine plural of irritato

Verb[edit]

irritate

  1. inflection of irritare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
    3. feminine plural past participle

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Latin[edit]

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irrītāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of irrītō

References[edit]

  • irritate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • irritate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette