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  • verbupset, anger
  • verbhurt, chafe

synonyms for irritate

  • aggravate
  • annoy
  • bother
  • confuse
  • disturb
  • enrage
  • exasperate
  • gall
  • incense
  • inflame
  • infuriate
  • irk
  • offend
  • peeve
  • provoke
  • rankle
  • rattle
  • rile
  • sour
  • vex
  • abrade
  • affront
  • bug
  • burn
  • chafe
  • distemper
  • fret
  • get
  • grate
  • harass
  • madden
  • needle
  • nettle
  • pain
  • pester
  • pique
  • rasp
  • roil
  • ruffle
  • try
  • drive up the wall
  • get on nerves
  • get under skin
  • put out
  • rub the wrong way
See also synonyms for: irritated / irritates / irritating
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antonyms for irritate

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  • aid
  • alleviate
  • appease
  • calm
  • comfort
  • delight
  • encourage
  • help
  • make happy
  • order
  • organize
  • pacify
  • placate
  • please
  • soothe
  • assist
  • assuage
  • mollify
  • please
  • help
  • assist
  • delight
  • assuage
  • calm
  • aid
  • soothe
  • appease
  • alleviate
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How to use irritate in a sentence

What irritates most about Flanagan’s novel is that Anna is more a character than a person.
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Some of you may know that cicadas are an excellent food source, high in protein and low in fat, but sometimes their wings irritate my tummy.
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Above $225, you’ll get more comfortable uppers without stitches and seams that can irritate your feet, and more sophisticated two- and even three-zone closures, as well as those full-carbon outsoles.
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My husband takes it in stride, but it's beginning to irritate me.
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So, I wanted to ask you about that in the context of founding and running Whole Foods and some of the things that you have done and said that do irritate people.
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If you’ve found some bedding irritates your sinuses or allergies, this topper is for you.
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Breathing in smoky air can irritate the respiratory tract, leading to coughing, sore throats and itchy, watery eyes.
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And, such was his varying luck with the cards, he played for an hour or so without having won enough to irritate his companions.
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Mrs Everett had chosen for her rle an amused superiority, knowing it would irritate Letitia Prall more than any other manner.
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If I had my way you would, said OLeary, with bad grace, for the doctors cool assurance had not ceased to irritate him.
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WORDS RELATED TO IRRITATE

  • be at
  • be on the back of
  • bother
  • bug
  • bum
  • dog
  • drive up the wall
  • exasperate
  • gall
  • get
  • get on one's nerves
  • get to
  • give a hard time
  • grate
  • hack
  • irk
  • irritate
  • nag
  • needle
  • nettle
  • peeve
  • pester
  • pick on
  • pique
  • provoke
  • tease
  • vex
  • wig
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