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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 ?
And John is so queer now, that I don't want to irritate him.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.
Seth, always timid in his behaviour towards his mother, from the sense that he had no influence over her, felt it was useless to attempt to persuade or soothe her till this passion was past; so he contented himself with tending the back kitchen fire and folding up his father's clothes, which had been hanging out to dry since morning--afraid to move about in the room where his mother was, lest he should irritate her further.
She had known it would irritate and distress her; she had known it her duty to keep away.
Polina was not at all pleased at my questions; I could see that she was doing her best to irritate me with the brusquerie of her answers.
It would only irritate her and drive her to some coup de tete.
Kim was careful not to irritate that man; for the Akali's temper is short and his arm quick.
The delay of the train did not irritate me in the least.
But anything he could interpret as a doubt-- any coldness of assent, or even a simple inattention to the development of his projects of a home with his returned son and his son's wife--would irritate him into flings and jerks and wicked side glances.
De Courcy, than to irritate him and the rest of his family by making her marry Sir James.
Too much magnifying of man or matter, doth irritate contradiction, and procure envy and scorn.
What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both of them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other?