[ ih-ras-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈræs ə bəl /
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easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.
OTHER WORDS FOR irascible
1, 2 testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered.
OPPOSITES FOR irascible
1, 2 calm, even-tempered.
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Origin of irascible
synonym study for irascible
1, 2. See irritable.
OTHER WORDS FROM irasciblei·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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH irascibleerasable, irascible
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How to use irascible in a sentence
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|DAILY BEAST
Yet despite his engaging irascibility, Mamoon never quite emerges as a character in his own right.A Novel About a Novelist ‘Like’ Naipaul|Edward Platt|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pope was a member of the same coffee house club for a year, but his inborn irascibility eventually led him to drop out of it.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
The mental state is characterised at once by great indifference and undue irascibility.Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
Solicitor-General Hagerman spoke in a similar strain, but with less of irascibility.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1|John Charles Dent
I found him a man of extreme irascibility without adequate cause; hasty in action in hazardous cases to a degree that alarmed me.The Lily of the Valley|Honore de Balzac
He gave way to an irascibility which he tried to check, and to ask with indifference, "Why did he come back?"The March Family Trilogy, Complete|William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for irascible
/ (ɪˈræsɪbəl) /
easily angered; irritable
showing irritabilityan irascible action
Derived forms of irascibleirascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb
Word Origin for irascible
C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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