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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
irritate (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in - annoy
2.
intransitive verb
to induce in or of - irritability to cause or induce displeasure or - irritation
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
irritate (verb)
1.
to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts
SYNONIMS:
aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark, nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vex
RELATED WORDS:
hassle, heckle; nag; inflame ( enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag ( ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrage
get one's goat, get on one's nerves, get to, rub the wrong way, set one's teeth on edge, stick in one's craw, wear on
NEAR ANTONYMS:
appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe
irritate (verb)
2.
to make sore by continued rubbing
SYNONIMS:
abrade, excoriate, fret, gall, irritate
RELATED WORDS:
graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame ( enflame); flay, peel, skin
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