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Another word for irritate

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Verb
  1. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations

  2. To make (the skin) raw by or as if by friction

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  3. To cause to become sore or inflamed

      1. To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
      2. To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain:
      3. To cause to suffer keenly in the mind or feelings:
      1. To arouse to passionate feeling or action:
      2. To make more violent; intensify:
      3. To cause (the skin) to redden or grow hot, as from strong emotion or stimulants.
      1. To undergo combustion or be consumed as fuel:
      2. To be damaged, injured, or destroyed by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent:
      3. To consume fuel:
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Another word for irritate

Verb
  1. To bother

  2. To inflame

      1. To make worse or more troublesome:
      2. To annoy or exasperate:
      1. To undergo combustion or be consumed as fuel:
      2. To be damaged, injured, or destroyed by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent:
      3. To consume fuel:
      1. To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
      2. To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain:
      3. To cause to suffer keenly in the mind or feelings:
      1. An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
      2. Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings:
      3. Mental or emotional suffering; distress.
      1. To throw or force something out violently, as lava, ash, and gases:
      2. To be thrown or forced out:
      3. To develop suddenly:
      1. To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
      2. To increase in force, size, number, or degree:
      3. To grow in loudness or intensity:
      1. To wear away or irritate by rubbing or friction:
      2. To annoy; vex:
      3. To warm by rubbing, as with the hands.
      1. To make red.
      2. To become red.
      3. To blush.
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Synonym Study

  • Peeve , an informal word, means to cause to be annoyed, cross, or fretful he seems peeved about something
  • Exasperate implies intense irritation such as exhausts one's patience or makes one lose one's self-control exasperating impudence
  • Nettle implies irritation that stings or piques rather than infuriates sly, nettling remarks
  • To provoke is to arouse strong annoyance or resentment, or, sometimes, vindictive anger provoked by an insult
  • Irritate , the broadest in scope of these terms, may suggest temporary superficial impatience, or constant annoyance in, or an outburst of anger from, the person stirred to feeling their smugness irritated him