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a. The act of irritating: the prankster's irritation of the others in the dorm.
b. The condition of being irritated; vexation: honked the horn with irritation at the delay.
2. A source of irritation: Their constant talking is an irritation to people who are reading.
3. An inflammatory reaction of a bodily part.
4. Physiology The elicitation of a response to a stimulus in a plant or animal organ or tissue, especially in a nerve or muscle.


1. something that irritates
2. the act of irritating or the condition of being irritated
ˈirriˌtative adj


(ˌɪr ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

1. the act of irritating or the state of being irritated.
2. something that irritates.
3. Physiol., Pathol.
a. the bringing of a bodily part or organ to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
b. the condition itself.
[1580–90; < Latin]



(See also VEXATION.)

flea in the ear Discontent or uneasiness caused by a broad hint or warning, especially one which arouses suspicion; restlessness caused by an unexpected or undesired reply, usually one which is a vicious or humiliating rebuff or reproach. Cited for centuries in literature from throughout the world, this expression refers to the restless and distressed behavior characteristic of a dog afflicted with a flea in its ear.

He went away with a flea in his ear,
Like a poor cur.
(Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Love’s Cure, 1625)

gadfly A pest, nuisance, or bother; one who irritates, annoys, or tries to involve others in one’s cockeyed schemes. Literally, a gadfly is an insect which bites and goads other animals, especially cattle. Figurative use of the term dates from the mid-17th century. Currently, corporate gadfly is frequently heard to describe one who disrupts corporate or stockholder meetings with unconventional questions and challenges. To have a gadfly, dating from the late 16th century, means ‘to gad about,’ or ‘to rove idly.’ Gadfly can also be used adjectivally, as in the British gadfly mind, denoting an inability to concentrate.

get in [someone’s] hair To pester, annoy, irritate; to nag, henpeck; to be a nuisance. The persistent irritation of the scalp caused by hair lice is the probable source of this common expression.

She got in my hair until I couldn’t bear it another day. (J. Tey, Shilling for Candles, 1936)

get under [someone’s] skin To irritate or annoy; to impress or affect deeply. This expression alludes to mites, ticks, and other small, parasitic arachnids and insects which embed themselves in the skin of a victim, causing itching, irritation, and inflammation. In contemporary usage, the phrase frequently implies deep affection or love, emotions exemplified in tine classic Cole Porter song, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1936).

pea in the shoe Any petty irritation or annoyance; a source of minor discomfort or distress; a thorn in the side. A literal pea in one’s shoe is too small to seriously affect one’s walking ability, but nevertheless large enough to be a source of considerable discomfort.

a thorn in the flesh A source of constant irritation, affliction, or inconvenience; a perpetual pain-in-the-neck. A sect of Pharisees used to place thorns in the hem of their cloaks to prick their legs in walking, and make them bleed. The expression no longer refers to self-imposed suffering, however, but to objectionable external conditions or parasitical acquaintances. St. Paul used thorn in the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:7:

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

A common variant is thorn in the side.

The Eastern Church was then, as she is to this day, a thorn in the side of the Papacy. (James Bryce, The Holy Roman Empire, 1864)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irritation - the psychological state of being irritated or annoyedirritation - the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state - (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic; "a manic state"
bummer - an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing; "having to stand in line so long was a real bummer"
huff, miff, seeing red - a state of irritation or annoyance
pinprick - a minor annoyance
impatience, restlessness - a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
snit - a state of agitated irritation; "he was in a snit"
2.irritation - a sudden outburst of angerirritation - a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood"
vexation, annoyance, chafe - anger produced by some annoying irritation
3.irritation - (pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation; "any food produced irritation of the stomach"
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
sensitisation, sensitization - the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen)
4.irritation - the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
arousal - a state of heightened physiological activity
5.irritation - an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
hurt, suffering - feelings of mental or physical pain
6.irritation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentmentirritation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
aggro - (informal British usage) aggravation or aggression; "I skipped it because it was too much aggro"
aggression - deliberately unfriendly behavior
last straw - the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
taunt, taunting, twit - aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
7.irritation - the act of troubling or annoying someoneirritation - the act of troubling or annoying someone
mistreatment - the practice of treating (someone or something) badly; "he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"
exasperation - actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
red flag - something that irritates or demands immediate action; "doing that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull"


2. nuisance, annoyance, irritant, pain (informal), drag (informal), bother, plague, menace, tease, pest, hassle, provocation, gall, goad, aggravation (informal), pain in the neck (informal), pain in the arse (taboo informal), thorn in your flesh Don't allow a minor irritation to mar your ambitions.


2. The feeling of being annoyed:
4. An instance of being irritated, as in a part of the body:
غَضَب، غَيْظ
pirringur, gremja
kız masinirlen me


[ˌɪrɪˈteɪʃən] N
1. (= state) → irritación f, enfado m
she could not conceal her irritationno podía disimular su irritación or enfado
2. (= irritant) → molestia f
3. (Med) → irritación f
a minor skin irritationuna irritación cutánea de poca importancia


[ˌɪrɪˈteɪʃən] n
(= annoyance) [person] → irritation f, agacement m
(= source of annoyance) → agacement m
(to eyes, skin)irritation f
These oils may cause irritation to sensitive skins → Ces huiles peuvent provoquer des irritations chez les personnes à la peau sensible.


(= state)Ärger m, → Verärgerung f; (= act)Ärgern nt; (deliberate) → Reizen nt; (= thing that irritates)Ärgernis nt, → Unannehmlichkeit f; the noise is a source of irritationder Lärm irritiert einen; to avoid the irritation of a long delayum eine ärgerliche or lästige Verzögerung zu vermeiden
(Med) → Reizung f


[ˌɪrɪˈteɪʃn] n (gen) (Med) → irritazione f (fig) (irritating thing) → seccatura


(ˈiriteit) verb
1. to annoy or make angry. The children's chatter irritated him.
2. to make (a part of the body) sore, red, itchy etc. Soap can irritate a baby's skin.
ˈirritable adjective
easily annoyed. He was in an irritable mood.
ˈirritably adverb
ˌirritaˈbility noun
ˈirritableness noun
ˈirritating adjective
She has an irritating voice.
ˌirriˈtation noun


n. irritación, reacción extrema a un dolor o a una condición patológica.


n irritación f
References in classic literature ?
Half resolving never to return, she went home, and worked off her irritation by stitching pinafores vigorously, and in an hour or two was cool enough to laugh over the scene and long for next week.
He didn't take very good care of the horses and he was a constant source of irritation to the banker's wife.
She heard him moving about the room; every sound indicating impatience and irritation.
He recognized that he must not stultify it by a show of irritation.
In the irritation and disgust of her walk hither, she had never noticed the situation of the cabin, as it nestled on the slope at the fringe of the woods; in the preoccupation of her disappointment and the mechanical putting away of her things, she had never looked once from the window of her room, or glanced backward out of the door that she had entered.
Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.
But if he put the inference by without a smile it was also without irritation.
Whoever, in our circumstances, has made trial of pain, even with all the alleviations which, for us, usually attend it, must know the irritation that comes with it.
Finally, with a venomous access of irritation, I said I would leave without the sock; so I rose up and made straight for the door--as I supposed--and suddenly confronted my dim spectral image in the unbroken mirror.
This was a little spat between the twins; not much of a spat, but still a spat; and before they got far with it, they were in a decided condition of irritation while pretending to be actuated by more respectable motives.
The widder wouldn't let me smoke; she wouldn't let me yell, she wouldn't let me gape, nor stretch, nor scratch, before folks --" [Then with a spasm of special irritation and injury] -- "And dad fetch it, she prayed all the time
These antics were solely the result of nervous irritation, a mood born of Miss Miranda Sawyer's stiff, grim, and martial attitude.