irritation

noun
1 feeling/cause of being irritated
ADJECTIVE
considerable (esp. BrE), great, intense, major, some (esp. BrE)

‘I'm not American, I'm Canadian,’ he replied with some irritation.

mild, minor, slight

the minor irritation of having to wait

constant
VERB + IRRITATION
feel

He felt slight irritation at being kept waiting.

express, show

He showed no irritation at the delay.

conceal, hide, suppress

She made no attempt to conceal her irritation.

He was unable to hide his irritation any longer.

cause

Such delays can cause considerable irritation.

IRRITATION + VERB
grow

She felt irritation growing in her.

show

She didn't let her irritation show.

PREPOSITION
in irritation

Gary shook his head in irritation.

to your irritation

I found to my great irritation that I'd forgotten the movie.

with irritation

‘Of course not’ she said with some irritation.

irritation at

our irritation at the delay

irritation to

This is a major irritation to commuters.

irritation with

her irritation with people who were slow

PHRASES
a sense of irritation
a source of irritation

Traffic noise is a source of constant irritation.

2 slight pain in part of the body
ADJECTIVE
intense, severe
mild
eye, skin

a new cream to treat skin irritation

VERB + IRRITATION
cause, lead to

The infection can cause intense irritation of the throat.

experience, get

Stop using the cream if you get any irritation.

prevent

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