Origin of irritant
OTHER WORDS FROM irritantir·ri·tan·cy, nounnon·ir·ri·tan·cy, nounnon·ir·ri·tant, adjectiveun·ir·ri·tant, adjective
Words nearby irritant
How to use irritant in a sentence
Rizzo, of the American Lung Association, said bear and other pepper sprays are “topically related irritants” that temporarily affect people’s ability to see and breathe freely.Bear spray is showing up at protests and riots. Here’s why, and how it affects humans.|John Briley|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
When irritants come into contact with TRPA1, the reaction can make people cough or an insect flee.
That behavior — coupled with experiments in lab-grown cells that show catnip activates TRPA1 — suggests that insect TRPA1 senses catnip as an irritant.
The round, filled with chemical irritant, ripped the rioter’s face open.“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection|by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan|February 12, 2021|ProPublica
In a statement the day after the riot, then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned Friday, said officers were attacked with metal pipes, chemical irritants and other types of weapons.Beaten, sprayed with mace and hit with stun guns: police describe injuries to dozens of officers during assault on U.S. Capitol|Peter Hermann, Julie Zauzmer|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
That said, Braff has always seemed like a minor irritant, and I never gave any real thought to why he bugged me.
The Republicans are a constant irritant, willing to sacrifice their own standing as long as they can drag him down with them.
An even smaller minority goes and returns so frequently that these lines can be an irritant.This Be Madness! America’s Outrageously Long and Totally Unacceptable Customs Lines|Daniel Gross|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“We averted what was building up to be a major irritant,” says Robert Killebrew, a retired Army colonel.
As compared to that, Israel/Palestine is old hat, and at most a peripheral irritant.
From a clinical study of Rhus poisoning, Pfaff came to the conclusion that the poison must be a non-volatile skin irritant.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron)|William Anderson Syme
She was finding a species of salve for her own disappointment in this irritant applied to another.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The latter, like the former, is used as an external irritant.
The oxalic acid in sorrel is an irritant poison, causing retching and violent pains.Irish Witchcraft and Demonology|St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
When the children were growing up and in the crucial stage of adolescence, the father was like some ugly irritant to their souls.Sons and Lovers|David Herbert Lawrence