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[ih-ras-uh-buh l] /ɪˈræs ə bəl/
easily provoked to anger; very irritable:
an irascible old man.
characterized or produced by anger:
an irascible response.
Origin of irascible
1350-1400; Middle English irascibel < Late Latin īrāscibilis, equivalent to Latin īrāsc- (stem of īrāscī to grow angry; equivalent to īr(a) ire + -ā- theme vowel + -sc- inchoative suffix + infinitive ending; see -esce) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
irascibility, irascibleness, noun
irascibly, adverb
unirascibility, noun
unirascible, adjective
Can be confused
erasable, irascible.
1, 2. testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered. See irritable.
1, 2. calm, even-tempered. Unabridged
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  • He gave way to an irascibility which he tried to check, and to ask with indifference, "Why did he come back?"

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Unfortunately, my son's irascibility of temper drove him away.

  • They are filled with irritation and irascibility on this subject.

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  • Yet you gave me the impression of irascibility just now, when I drew you.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell
  • He was not a pleasant companion for his office force during those days; his irascibility seemed to increase.

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  • Although her eyes were closed, her face gave the impression of weariness, irascibility, and habitual suffering.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi
  • His character was strongly marked by pride, irascibility, and malevolence.

  • There is in him an irascibility of temper, accompanied by a facility of invective, which is seldom met with.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • But Mr. Boler gave no evidence of noticing the interruption nor of observing the irascibility of his guest.

    A Thoughtless Yes Helen H. Gardener
British Dictionary definitions for irascibility


easily angered; irritable
showing irritability: an irascible action
Derived Forms
irascibility, irascibleness, noun
irascibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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Word Origin and History for irascibility

1750, from irascible + -ity.



late 14c., from Middle French irascible (12c.) and directly from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci "be angry, be in a rage," from ira "anger" (see ire).

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