Definitions of irritation

  1. unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
  2. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
  3. the act of troubling or annoying someone
  4. an uncomfortable feeling in some part of the body
  5. the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
  6. ( pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation; " any food produced irritation of the stomach"
  7. a sudden outburst of anger; " his temper sparked like damp firewood"
  8. The act of irritating, or exciting, or the state of being irritated; excitement; stimulation, usually of an undue and uncomfortable kind; especially, excitement of anger or passion; provocation; annoyance; anger.
  9. The act of exciting, or the condition of being excited to action, by stimulation; -- as, the condition of an organ of sense, when its nerve is affected by some external body; esp., the act of exciting muscle fibers to contraction, by artificial stimulation; as, the irritation of a motor nerve by electricity; also, the condition of a muscle and nerve, under such stimulation.
  10. A condition of morbid excitability or oversensitiveness of an organ or part of the body; a state in which the application of ordinary stimuli produces pain or excessive or vitiated action.
  11. The act of exasperating; the state of being provoked or vexed; exasperation; vexation; heat and redness caused in an organ, etc.
  12. Irritative.
  13. 1. Extreme reaction of the tissues to an insult or injury, incipient inflammation. 2. The normal response of nerve or muscle to a stimulus. 3. The provocation of a normal or exaggerated reaction in the tissues by the application of a stimulus.
  14. Morbid excitement; condition produced by an irritant.
  15. Act of irritating or exciting: excitement: ( med.) a vitiated state of sensation or action.
  16. The act of irritating; the state of being irritated; excitement; excitement of anger or passion; excitement of muscular action by stimuli operating on the nervous system; a vitiated and abnormal state of sensation or action.
  17. The act of exciting heat or redness in the skin; the heat so produced; excitement of anger or passion; provocation; anger.

Usage examples for irritation

  1. Rowland felt that his irritation had not subsided, and he himself had no taste for saying disagreeable things. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  2. We deal with them too often as if they were mere working machines, and grow impatient if they show signs of pain, weariness, or irritation. – All's for the Best by T. S. Arthur
  3. In spite of his irritation he was conscious of a new admiration for her. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  4. The note of rising irritation was plainly audible in Arthur's voice. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  5. Gaiety turned to irritation, irritation to anger and fear. – The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster
  6. A slight excitement, a distinct surface irritation, woke in him. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  7. Owing to this the son became, in his early years, an object of irritation to his father. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  8. " Naturally on its agriculture," said the pastor, with the slight irritation of one obliged to linger over the obvious. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  9. The young man's face lost none of his irritation. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. It was not irritation he appeared to express, but the slight strain of an effort to get into relation with the subject. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  11. " Not the least," said the dwarf; at which Olive felt so provoked that she could have stamped her feet with irritation. – A Christmas Posy by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  12. But the boy, worn with pain and weary with never- ending irritation, said if he was taken- No matter. – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  13. The voice was several notes higher and betrayed irritation. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  14. And he was turning to leave the room with a mixture of feelings- irritation and some disappointment, mingled nevertheless with a certain sense of relief, for he had dreaded this last lesson- when a slight, a very slight sound seeming to come from somewhere near the windows, caught his ear. – A Christmas Posy by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  15. " I will," she replied, answering his gaze with a flash of repressed irritation. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  16. As the boat plunged out through the breakers he shook himself with an air of irritation which attracted the notice of the steamer's mate. – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  17. Another man would have been angry, impatient, would have eyed her with cold antagonism, but Robert betrayed no irritation. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  18. He could understand now his friend's irritation on his arrival. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  19. Lecoq felt the irritation that is natural to a person who has just heard a bad joke, or who has lost his time in listening to a fool. – Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau
  20. With a trace of irritation, he said: Of course! – The Passing of Ku Sui by Anthony Gilmore