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1. irritate

verb. ['ˈɪrɪˌteɪt'] cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.

Synonyms

  • chivvy
  • vex
  • harass
  • molest
  • hassle
  • get to
  • provoke
  • rile
  • antagonise
  • chevvy
  • bother
  • devil
  • nark
  • gravel
  • chivy
  • eat into
  • get at
  • harry
  • grate
  • chafe
  • antagonize
  • nettle
  • annoy
  • chevy
  • get under one's skin
  • rankle
  • get
  • peeve
  • displease
  • fret
  • beset
  • plague
  • ruffle

Antonyms

  • cultivated plant
  • lose
  • lend
  • refuse

Etymology

  • irritatus (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Irritate

  • acetate
  • agitate
  • allstate
  • amputate
  • annotate
  • cogitate
  • corestate
  • debilitate
  • decapitate
  • devastate
  • dictate
  • downstate
  • facilitate
  • felicitate
  • gestate
  • gravitate
  • hesitate
  • homestate
  • imitate
  • incapacitate

Example sentences of the word irritate


1. Noun, singular or mass
Pests such as flies, fleas and lice irritate cattle, raising their stress levels.

2. Verb, base form
Leaving it on for a long time will cause the chemicals to irritate the scalp.

Quotes containing the word irritate


1. Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
- Fran Lebowitz

2. Kat laughed. 'Who wants to live forever?'Kish put his hand up. 'For the record, I do.'Sin scowled at him. 'Then why do you irritate me so often?'Suicidal tendencies are inherent in my species?
- Sherrilyn Kenyon, Devil May Cry

3. With me, illusions are bound to be shattered. I am here to shatter all illusions. Yes, it will irritate you, it will annoy you - that's my way of functioning and working. I will sabotage you from your very roots! Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you.
- Osho

2. irritate

verb. ['ˈɪrɪˌteɪt'] excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame.

Synonyms

  • chafe
  • rub
  • exasperate
  • fret
  • scratch
  • itch
  • exacerbate
  • worsen
  • gall

Antonyms

  • better
  • praise
  • reassure
  • end

Etymology

  • irritatus (Latin)

3. irritate

verb. ['ˈɪrɪˌteɪt'] excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus.

Synonyms

  • vellicate
  • pinch
  • stimulate

Antonyms

  • bore
  • refrain
  • calm
  • uncover

Etymology

  • irritatus (Latin)
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