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IRRITATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irritation mean? 

IRRITATION (noun)
  The noun IRRITATION has 7 senses:

1. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
2. a sudden outburst of anger
3. (pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation
4. the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
5. an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
6. unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
7. the act of troubling or annoying someone

  Familiarity information: IRRITATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRRITATION (noun)


Sense 1irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

annoyance; botheration; irritation; vexation

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

mental state; psychological state ((psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irritation"):

impatience; restlessness (a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay)

pinprick (a minor annoyance)

huff; miff; seeing red (a state of irritation or annoyance)

bummer (an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing)

snit (a state of agitated irritation)


Sense 2irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden outburst of anger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

temper; pique; irritation

Context example:

his temper sparked like damp firewood

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

annoyance; chafe; vexation (anger produced by some annoying irritation)


Sense 3irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

any food produced irritation of the stomach

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

abnormal condition; abnormalcy; abnormality (an abnormal condition)

sensitisation; sensitization (the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen))

Domain category:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)


Sense 4irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

innervation; excitation; irritation

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

arousal (a state of heightened physiological activity)


Sense 5irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

discomfort; soreness; irritation

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

hurt; suffering (feelings of mental or physical pain)


Sense 6irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

provocation; aggravation; irritation

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

aggression (deliberately unfriendly behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irritation"):

aggro ((informal British usage) aggravation or aggression)

last straw (the final irritation that stretches you patience beyond the limit)

taunt; taunting; twit (aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing)


Sense 7irritation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of troubling or annoying someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

annoying; vexation; annoyance; irritation

Hypernyms ("irritation" is a kind of...):

mistreatment (the practice of treating (someone or something) badly)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irritation"):

exasperation (actions that cause great irritation (or even anger))

red flag (something that irritates or demands immediate action)


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