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irascible

[ ih-ras-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈræs ə bəl /
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adjective

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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English irascibel from 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
1, 2. See irritable.
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
erasable, irascible
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British Dictionary definitions for irascible

irascible
/ (ɪˈræsɪbəl) /

adjective

easily angered; irritable
showing irritabilityan irascible action
irascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb
C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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