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Synonyms for irritate
ˈɪr ɪˌteɪtir·ri·tate

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  1. irritateverb

    provoke, rile


  2. irritateverb

    To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.

    rile, provoke


  3. irritateverb

    To introduce irritability.

    provoke, rile


  4. irritateverb

    To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.

    rile, provoke


  5. irritateverb

    To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).

    provoke, rile


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. irritate

    One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.

    affront, aggravate, annoy, displease, exasperate, insult, offend, provoke, tease, vex, wound

    conciliate, content, gratify, honor, please

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. irritate

    tease, provoke, annoy, exasperate, worry, incense

    soothe, caress, pacify, tame, mollify

Princeton's WordNet

  1. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devilverb

    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"

    nark, dumbfound, get at, reproof, chide, bait, mystify, urticate, rile, fret, dun, cod, razz, crucify, stick, bedevil, reprimand, reach, amaze, lambaste, devil, get to, rub, tantalise, frustrate, annoy, chew out, beat, lambast, trounce, tease, taunt, roil, access, berate, chew up, disoblige, torment, stupefy, lecture, trouble oneself, agitate, put out, rag, discommode, inconvenience oneself, ride, bewilder, dress down, tantalize, stir up, rally, make, remonstrate, flummox, incommode, get, baffle, jaw, rebuke, worry, pose, vex, inconvenience, perplex, raise up, bother, gravel, disturb, take to task, fray, gall, puzzle, trouble, bawl out, scratch, nettle, progress to, call on the carpet, commove, twit, excoriate, have words, chafe, scold, call down, shake up, nonplus


  2. irritateverb

    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

    "Aspirin irritates my stomach"

    annoy, nettle, get to, rag, gravel, rile, devil, bother, nark, vex, chafe, get at


  3. irritateverb

    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"

    annoy, nettle, get to, rag, gravel, rile, devil, bother, nark, vex, chafe, get at


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. irritateverb

    provoke, nettle, chafe, incense, exasperate, enrage, anger, fret, offend, vex, annoy, tease, gall

  2. irritateverb

    (Med.) inflame (by friction)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. irritateverb

    intensify, stimulate, provoke, vex, annoy, offend, chafe

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How to use irritate in a sentence?

  1. Paradi Mirmirani:

    Sulfates have been shown to be irritating to eyes and skin in some studies, but just because a shampoo is sulfate-free, that doesn’t mean it’s less likely to irritate: Many sulfate-free shampoos that still lather have other detergents in them.

  2. Mark Dalton:

    I just wanted to be able to push him out of the boat and not really hurt him or irritate him too much because he looked like he just came out of the water because it was wet back there and he was sunning himself to getdry.

  3. Richard Rosenfeld:

    They can irritate and cause more problems than good.

  4. Phyllis Schlafly:

    I only went to law school to irritate the feminists.

  5. Bruno Ganz:

    The script has to grab me, irritate me, seduce me. I do not want to repeat myself with my roles.

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