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  Definition of irritate
  1. excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
Similar Words: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil

 

Hyponyms: chafe, gall, fret, rub, scratch, itch, pinch, vellicate, get, get under one's skin, eat into, rankle, grate, peeve, ruffle, harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke, antagonize, antagonise

 

Grouped Verbs: chafe

 

Derivational Morphology: irritation, discomfort, soreness, excitation, innervation, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan, annoyance, vexation, botheration, annoying, tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer, pique, temper, aggravation, provocation, irritant, thorn, bother, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass

 

 
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