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5 definitions found
 for irritate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Irritate \Ir"ri*tate\, a.
     Excited; heightened. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Irritate \Ir"ri*tate\, v. t. [See 1 st Irritant.]
     To render null and void. [R.] --Abp. Bramhall.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Irritate \Ir"ri*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Irritated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Irritating.] [L. irritatus, p. p. of irritare. Of
     doubtful origin.]
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     1. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten
        excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
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              Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth
              them.                                 --Bacon.
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     2. To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease;
        to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a
        tyrant irritates his subjects.
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              Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god:
              Prevent the rage of him who reigns above. --Pope.
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     3. (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to
        cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
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     4. (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to
        fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a
        wound by a coarse bandage.
  
     Syn: To fret; inflame; excite; provoke; tease; vex;
          exasperate; anger; incense; enrage.
  
     Usage: To Irritate, Provoke, Exasperate. These words
            express different stages of excited or angry feeling.
            Irritate denotes an excitement of quick and slightly
            angry feeling which is only momentary; as, irritated
            by a hasty remark. To provoke implies the awakening of
            some open expression of decided anger; as, a provoking
            insult. Exasperate denotes a provoking of anger at
            something unendurable. Whatever comes across our
            feelings irritates; whatever excites anger provokes;
            whatever raises anger to a high point exasperates.
            "Susceptible and nervous people are most easily
            irritated; proud people are quickly provoked; hot and
            fiery people are soonest exasperated." --Crabb.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  irritate
      v 1: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor
           irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers
           me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after
           she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get
           at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex,
           chafe, devil]
      2: excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame;
         "Aspirin irritates my stomach" [ant: soothe]
      3: excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as
         motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application
         of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  146 Moby Thesaurus words for "irritate":
     abrade, afflict, affront, agent provocateur, aggravate, agonize,
     ail, alienate, amplify, anger, annoy, arouse, augment, bite,
     bother, bristle, bug, build up, burn, burn up, chafe, come between,
     convulse, crucify, cut, damage, deepen, deteriorate, dilapidate,
     disaffect, distress, disunite, divide, embitter, endamage, enhance,
     enlarge, enrage, estrange, exacerbate, exasperate, excruciate,
     exercise, fan the flame, fester, fluster, fret, gall, get,
     give pain, gnaw, grate, grate on, gravel, grind, gripe, grit,
     harass, harm, harrow, harry, hassle, heat up, hector, heighten,
     hot up, huff, hurt, impair, incense, increase, inflame,
     inflict pain, injure, intensify, irk, jangle the nerves, jar on,
     kill by inches, lacerate, light the fuse, magnify, make acute,
     make trouble, make worse, martyr, martyrize, miff, nag, needle,
     nettle, nip, offend, pain, peeve, pester, pick at, pick on, pierce,
     pinch, pique, pit against, plague, prick, prolong the agony,
     provoke, put back, put on edge, put out, put to torture, rack,
     rankle, rasp, rile, roil, rub, ruffle, separate, set against,
     set at odds, set at variance, set on, set on edge, set up, sharpen,
     sic on, sour, sow dissension, stab, sting, stir the blood, stir up,
     stir up trouble, torment, torture, trouble, try, tweak, twist, vex,
     weaken, work up, worry, worsen, wound, wring
  
  

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