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irritate

(ĭr′ĭ-tāt′)
v. irri·tated, irri·tating, irri·tates
v.tr.
1. To cause (someone) to feel impatient or angry; annoy: a loud, bossy voice that irritates listeners.
2. To make sore or inflamed: The smoke irritated my eyes.
3. Physiology To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
v.intr.
To be a cause of impatience or anger.

ir′ri·tat′ing·ly adv.
ir′ri·ta′tor n.
References in classic literature ?
It irritated me, maddened me, as nothing else under the sun could irritate or madden me.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.
Because I admired these barbarities of Poe's, I wished to irritate them, to spit some hapless victim on my own spear, to make him suffer and to make the reader laugh.
Any assault on my integrity irritates me, to say the least.
I will leave you with this thought, and probably live to regret it, what irritates you about me?
The thought of it actually makes me feel sick and he irritates me.