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irascible

[ih-ras-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
  2. characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.
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Origin of irascible

1350–1400; Middle English irascibel < Late Latin īrāscibilis, equivalent to Latin īrāsc- (stem of īrāscī to grow angry; equivalent to īr(a) ire + -ā- theme vowel + -sc- inchoative suffix + infinitive ending; see -esce) + -ibilis -ible
Related formsi·ras·ci·bil·i·ty, i·ras·ci·ble·ness, nouni·ras·ci·bly, adverbun·i·ras·ci·bil·i·ty, nounun·i·ras·ci·ble, adjective
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1, 2. testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered. See irritable.

Antonyms

1, 2. calm, even-tempered.
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irascible

adjective
  1. easily angered; irritable
  2. showing irritabilityan irascible action
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Derived Formsirascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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Word Origin and History for irascibility

n.

1750, from irascible + -ity.

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irascible

adj.

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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