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irascible

[ih-ras-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
  2. 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 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
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Synonyms

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1, 2. testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered. See irritable.

Antonyms

1, 2. calm, even-tempered.
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Examples from the Web for irascibly

Historical Examples

  • But it makes a fellow uncomfortable to look at you, Pavel shouted, irascibly.

    The White Terror and The Red

    Abraham Cahan

  • Youll go insane if you keep this up, he once said, irascibly.

  • "The thing is done, however," returned the baron, irascibly.

    Debit and Credit

    Gustav Freytag

  • "Had a right to listen if you wanted to," declared Hayward, irascibly.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • "The service in this house is very bad," she said aloud and irascibly, getting up to ring again.

    The Benefactress

    Elizabeth Beauchamp


British Dictionary definitions for irascibly

irascible

adjective
  1. easily angered; irritable
  2. showing irritabilityan irascible action
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Derived Formsirascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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Word Origin and History for irascibly

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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