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irascible

[ih-ras-uh-buh l] /ɪˈræs ə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily provoked to anger; very irritable:
an irascible old man.
2.
characterized or produced by anger:
an irascible response.
Origin
1350-1400
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.
Synonyms
1, 2. testy, touchy, peppery, choleric, short-tempered. See irritable.
Antonyms
1, 2. calm, even-tempered.
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British Dictionary definitions for irascibly

irascible

/ɪˈræsɪbəl/
adjective
1.
easily angered; irritable
2.
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 irascibly

irascible

adj.

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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