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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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To avoid this sea of fire, the travellers had to pursue their course close along the foot of the mountains; but the irritation from the smoke continued to be tormenting.
I wished to observe the different forms taken by the irritation that I should naturally produce; for it is under the influence of irritation that the French character most completely expresses itself.
When I wrote to you the other day I was, in truth, in high irritation, and with ample cause.
Hence Cecil's irritation and Lucy's belief that his irritation was just.
If only this new dodge for talking along a wire had been a little bit nearer perfection I might have told you all this from town, and been toasting my toes before the club fire at this minute, instead of tramping after you through the snow," he grumbled, disguising a real irritation under the pretence of it; and at this opening Madame Olenska twisted the talk away to the fantastic possibility that they might one day actually converse with each other from street to street, or even-- incredible dream
This speech had the effect of really interesting the doctor in my present condition, which was indeed one of chronic irritation and extreme excitability, alternating with fits of the very blackest despair.
On one side of the desk was a bundle of bills, and these filled him with irritation.
It was evident that the more lifeless he seemed at ordinary times, the more impassioned he became in these moments of almost morbid irritation.
He tried to recall the actual words of his little outburst, and unconsciously supplemented them by so many words of greater expressiveness that the irritation of his failure was somewhat assuaged.
Other pictures-- he was walking very fast in his irritation, and they came before him without any conscious effort, like pictures on a sheet-- succeeded these.
I tell you he is my second cousin," said Ladislaw, with some irritation.
Perhaps, as the two men walked side by side, some faint foreshadowing of the future showed to Trent another and a larger world where they two would once more walk side by side, the outward differences between them lessened, the smouldering irritation of the present leaping up into the red-hot flame of hatred.