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irritable

1. Biology (of all living organisms) capable of responding to such stimuli as heat, light, and touch
2. Pathol abnormally sensitive
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But not long had they run thus when Zarathustra became conscious of his folly, and shook off with one jerk all his irritation and detestation.
That was his own affair; that, indeed, was a step entirely in the right direction, and, lighting his pipe, and cutting up the remains of his meal for the benefit of the rook, Ralph calmed his rather excessive irritation and settled down to think over his prospects.
Ralph was fond of his sister, and her irritation made him think how unfair it was that all these burdens should be laid on her shoulders.
The exercise indeed served to clear away the superficial irritations of the morning, but he remained miserable.
Friend Panza, let us forgive and forget as to our quarrels, and tell me now, dismissing anger and irritation, where, how, and when didst thou find Dulcinea?
I'd rather go through the wood," said Cecil, With that subdued irritation that she had noticed in him all the afternoon.
Her nerves were under continual irritation and suffering; and by the ten days' end, her nephew's letter to Randalls communicated a change of plan.
The bordering States, if any, will be those who, under the impulse of sudden irritation, and a quick sense of apparent interest or injury, will be most likely, by direct violence, to excite war with these nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested.
All the time he had been in a state of ill-concealed irritation at the noise of the vivisected puma.
When I wrote to you the other day I was, in truth, in high irritation, and with ample cause.
It was evident that the more lifeless he seemed at ordinary times, the more impassioned he became in these moments of almost morbid irritation.
Barbicane said nothing, but his silence covered serious irritation.