irascible

[ih-ras-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
2.
characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.

Origin:
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

irascibility, irascibleness, noun
irascibly, adverb
unirascibility, noun
unirascible, adjective

erasable, irascible.


1, 2. testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered. See irritable.


1, 2. calm, even-tempered.
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irascible (ɪˈræsɪbəl)
 
adj
1.  easily angered; irritable
2.  showing irritability: an irascible action
 
[C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger]
 
irasci'bility
 
n
 
i'rascibleness
 
n
 
i'rascibly
 
adv

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irascible
late 14c., from Fr. irascible (12c.), from L.L. irascibilis, from L. irasci "grow angry," from ira "anger" (see ire).
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Example sentences
He was a little quicktempered and irascible, and people were apt to think him
  cross and crabbed, but he had a kind heart.
But the irascible old militia colonel was there to oppose it, and his harsh
  arguments disappointed his colleagues.
He was moreover, as the reader may perhaps have conceived, somewhat irascible
  in his nature.
There's something eerily irascible about this photo.
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