- 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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1, 2. testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered. See irritable.
1, 2. calm, even-tempered.
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Examples from the Web for irascibly
But it makes a fellow uncomfortable to look at you, Pavel shouted, irascibly.
Youll go insane if you keep this up, he once said, irascibly.
"The thing is done, however," returned the baron, irascibly.Debit and Credit
"Had a right to listen if you wanted to," declared Hayward, irascibly.The Copy-Cat and Other Stories
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"The service in this house is very bad," she said aloud and irascibly, getting up to ring again.The Benefactress
- easily angered; irritable
- showing irritabilityan irascible action
C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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Word Origin and History for irascibly
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).
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