from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
  • adj. Characterized by or resulting from anger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Prone to anger; easily provoked or inflamed to anger; choleric; irritable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Susceptible of anger; easily provoked or inflamed with resentment; choleric: as, an irascible man; an irascible temper.
  • Excited by or arising from anger; manifesting a state of anger or resentment.
  • Synonyms Irascible, Irritable, Passionate, hasty, touchy, testy, splenetic, snappish, peppery, fiery, choleric. Irascible indicates quicker and more intense bursts of anger than irritable, and less powerful, lasting, or manifest bursts than passionate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. quickly aroused to anger
  • adj. characterized by anger


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īrāscibilis, from Latin īrāscī, to be angry, from īra, anger; see eis- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French irascible, from Late Latin īrāscibilis. (Wiktionary)



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  • Hmm...are you feeling quickly aroused to anger, perhaps? ;-)

    November 8, 2007

  • November 8, 2007