- easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
- characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.
Origin of irascible
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Examples from the Web for irascible
The British establishment was furious, and it was the irascible Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who lead the fight-back.Can Amal Clooney Save Greece’s Antiquities?
October 15, 2014
He struggled with his brilliant but irascible secretary of state, William Seward, to control the direction of foreign policy.The Best Books on President Lincoln
February 17, 2014
Wagner, as irascible and cynical as he can be, is a subtly empathetic writer.This Week’s Hot Reads: Dec. 24, 2013
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December 24, 2013
But he praised his irascible former partner as “an incredible asset not only to the company, but to the world.”Steve Wozniak: Snowden ‘Is a Hero Because This Came From His Heart’
June 26, 2013
But science has a process for all of this—scientists tend to be irascible, doubting, and arrogant if not annoying.Get Your Damn Flu Shot
January 18, 2013
Theophrastus couldn't better have depicted the irascible man.Cyropaedia
He pushed his hand through his hair with an irascible gesture.The Coast of Chance
The father was as bluff and portly and irascible as she was patient and gentle.The Spirit of Sweetwater
His name was Kara-Tete, meaning "the irascible" in the native tongue.In Search of the Castaways
This concession, however, by no means satisfied the irascible Louis.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
- easily angered; irritable
- showing irritabilityan irascible action
Word Origin and History for irascible
late 14c., from Middle French irascible (12c.) and directly from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci "be angry, be in a rage," from ira "anger" (see ire).