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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of irritare 'to cause strong feelings in, excite'

irritate

verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
ir‧ri‧tate [transitive]
1 to make someone feel annoyed or impatient, especially by doing something many times or for a long period of time:
It really irritates me when he doesn't help around the house.
2MI to make a part of your body painful and sore:
This cream may irritate sensitive skin.

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