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Definitions of irritation

  1. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
  2. an uncomfortable feeling in some part of the body
  3. the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
  4. ( pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation; " any food produced irritation of the stomach"
  5. a sudden outburst of anger; " his temper sparked like damp firewood"
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The act of exasperating; the state of being provoked or vexed; exasperation; vexation; heat and redness caused in an organ, etc.
  9. Irritative.
  10. Act of irritating or exciting: excitement: ( med.) a vitiated state of sensation or action.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. " 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
  4. Rowland felt that his irritation had not subsided, and he himself had no taste for saying disagreeable things. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  5. 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
  6. " I will," she replied, answering his gaze with a flash of repressed irritation. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  7. With a trace of irritation, he said: Of course! – The Passing of Ku Sui by Anthony Gilmore
  8. 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
  9. A slight excitement, a distinct surface irritation, woke in him. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  10. The young man's face lost none of his irritation. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. Gaiety turned to irritation, irritation to anger and fear. – The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster
  12. 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
  13. The note of rising irritation was plainly audible in Arthur's voice. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  14. He could understand now his friend's irritation on his arrival. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The voice was several notes higher and betrayed irritation. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
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