- the bringing of a bodily part or organ to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
- the condition itself.
Origin of irritation
Examples from the Web for irritation
If they are untrue, I can understand your irritation, yet you have never roundly denied them.
I come home sweaty, exhausted, and full of irritation about the three sleeves of Titleists lost in the rough.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rather, he dishes up a seemingly endless stream of examples of pettiness, irritation, hypocrisy and awkwardness.Fear And Self-Loathing In Scandinavia: The Fiction Of Karl Ove Knausgaard|Ted Gioia|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I adapted and my irritation turned into indifference, then strangely, acceptance.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan|Nick Willard|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Unhappy” about her wait on the tarmac, she took to Twitter to voice her irritation.
"Oh, there wasn't anything fine about it, Colonel," he answered with a touch of irritation.Sunlight Patch|Credo Fitch Harris
There was a touch of the lackey about Purvis, and his voice was humble sometimes to the verge of irritation.Peter and Jane|S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
"I remained to pray," he answered, with a sense of irritation at her persistence.Under the Witches' Moon|Nathan Gallizier
Lady Ruth watched them with a curious sense of irritation for which she could not altogether account.The Malefactor|E. Phillips Oppenheim
The devil you did, the roundsman said, as much with irritation as with amazement.The White Terror and The Red|Abraham Cahan
British Dictionary definitions for irritation
Word Origin and History for irritation
early 15c., in reference to sores and morbid swelling, from Middle French irritation or directly from Latin irritationem (nominative irritatio) "incitement, irritation," noun of action from past participle stem of irritare (see irritate).