irritability


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ir·ri·ta·ble

 (ĭr′ĭ-tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Easily irritated or annoyed.
2. Medicine Abnormally or excessively sensitive to a stimulus: irritable bladder.
3. Capable of responding to a stimulus. Used of an organism.

[French irritable, from Latin irrītābilis, from irrītāre, to irritate.]

ir′ri·ta·bil′i·ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē), ir′ri·ta·ble·ness n.
ir′ri·ta·bly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irritability - an irritable petulant feelingirritability - an irritable petulant feeling  
ill humor, ill humour, distemper - an angry and disagreeable mood
testiness, tetchiness, touchiness - feeling easily irritated
pet - a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
2.irritability - excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
reactivity, responsiveness - responsive to stimulation
3.irritability - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled angerirritability - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees"
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
querulousness - the quality of being given to complaining
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irritability

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Translations
حِدَّة طَبع، سُرْعَة غَضَب
nedůtklivost
irritabilitet
skapstyggî
çabuk kızmasinirlilik

irritability

[ˌɪrɪtəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nirritabilidad f
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irritability

[ˌɪrɪtəˈbɪlɪti] nirritabilité f
Patients usually suffer from increased irritability → Les patients souffrent généralement d'une irritabilité accrue.
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irritability

nReizbarkeit f; (on occasion) → Gereiztheit f
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irritability

[ˌɪrɪtəˈbɪlɪtɪ] nirritabilità
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irritate

(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
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ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty

n. irritabilidad, propiedad de un organismo o tejido de reaccionar al ambiente.
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irritability

n irritabilidad f
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The guest made an impatient gesture of the hand, and addressed Hepzibah with what might easily be recognized as the licensed irritability of a petted member of the family.
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