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  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
Can be confusederasable irascible

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Examples from the Web for irascibly

Historical Examples of irascibly

  • 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


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

Word Origin for irascible

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



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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