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Thursday, June 24, 1999

Definitions for irascible

  1. Prone to anger; easily provoked to anger; hot-tempered.

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Citations for irascible
The lawyer described his client as an irascible eighty-two-year-old eccentric who alternated between spinning fascinating tales about her past and cussing him out. Jack Olsen, Hastened to the Grave
His father was an irascible and boastful bully, a heavy drinker and a gambler. Robin Waterfield, Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran
Origin of irascible
Irascible is from Latin irascibilis, "prone to anger," from ira, "anger," which is also the source of ire and irate.
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