Some members of this school even wish to give NATO membership to Georgia and Ukraine, mainly to irritate Moscow.
When a rock 'n' roll brother like Trent Reznor says something negative, does that irritate you?
They often irritate the self-anointed because their pasts are not pedigreed.
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.