irascible

[ih-ras-uh-buhl]

adjective

easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.

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
Can be confusederasable irascible

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irascible

adjective

easily angered; irritable
showing irritabilityan irascible action
Derived Formsirascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb

Word Origin for irascible

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

1750, from irascible + -ity.

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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