Irritate

Definition of Irritate

Ir´ri`tate
v. t.1.To render null and void.
1.
[imp. & p. p. Irritated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Irritating .]
1.To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth them.
- Bacon.
2.To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a tyrant irritates his subjects.
Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god:
Prevent the rage of him who reigns above.
- Pope.
3.(Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
4.(Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage.
a.1.Excited; heightened.

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