[ ih-ras-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈræs ə bəl /


easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
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 forms

i·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 confused

erasable irascible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for irascibility


/ (ɪˈræsɪbəl) /


easily angered; irritable
showing irritabilityan irascible action

Derived Forms

irascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb

Word Origin for irascible

C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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