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[ir-i-tey-ting] /ˈɪr ɪˌteɪ tɪŋ/

causing ; annoying; provoking:
irritating questions.
[ir-i-teyt] /ˈɪr ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), irritated, irritating.
to excite to impatience or anger; annoy.
Physiology, Biology. to excite (a living system) to some characteristic action or function.
Pathology. to bring (a body part) to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
verb (used without object), irritated, irritating.
to cause or become irritated.
to annoy or anger (someone)
(transitive) (biology) to stimulate (an organism or part) to respond in a characteristic manner
(transitive) (pathol) to cause (a bodily organ or part) to become excessively stimulated, resulting in inflammation, tenderness, etc

1530s, “stimulate to action, rouse, incite,” from Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare “excite, provoke.” An earlier verb form was irrite (mid-15c.), from Old French irriter. Meaning “annoy, make impatient” is from 1590s. Related: Irritated; irritating.


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