- 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 irascibility
For all his egotism and irascibility, Churchill was a good man as well as a great one.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
I have my moments of irascibility, for which I am heartily ashamed.The Gold Girl
James B. Hendryx
His character was strongly marked by pride, irascibility, and malevolence.Observations on Madness and Melancholy
Unfortunately, my son's irascibility of temper drove him away.
His vocation had induced an irascibility of temper which took the form of silence.The Story of the Foss River Ranch
Yet you gave me the impression of irascibility just now, when I drew you.The Devil's Garden
W. B. Maxwell
- 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 irascibility
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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