- the act of irritating or the state of being irritated.
- something that irritates.
- Physiology, Pathology.
- 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.Dear John, It Gets Better: A Letter to Travolta
July 24, 2014
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
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
May 28, 2014
I adapted and my irritation turned into indifference, then strangely, acceptance.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan
May 1, 2014
“Unhappy” about her wait on the tarmac, she took to Twitter to voice her irritation.Plane-Related Incidents Reach New Level of Weird
April 16, 2014
At last, however, he mastered his irritation to some degree, and spoke his command briefly.
Gilder made a gesture of irritation, as he sank into the chair at his desk.
The violence of her feelings, which must wear her out, may be easily kept in irritation.Lady Susan
Moreover, it was forcibly borne in upon him just what a source of irritation they had been.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Mrs. Little felt a strange mingling of pride and irritation at what she saw.Hetty's Strange History
- something that irritates
- the act of irritating or the condition of being irritated
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).
- Extreme incipient inflammatory reaction of the body tissues to an injury.
- The normal response of a nerve or muscle to a stimulus.
- The evocation of a reaction in the body tissues by the application of a stimulus.