One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The quality or state of being irritable.‘symptoms include insomnia and irritability’
irascibility, tetchiness, testiness, touchiness, scratchiness, grumpiness, moodiness, grouchiness, crotchetiness, a mood, a bad mood, cantankerousness, curmudgeonliness, churlishness, bad temper, ill temper, ill nature, ill humour, peevishness, crossness, pique, impatience, fractiousness, pettishness, crabbiness, waspishness, prickliness, pepperiness, crustiness, spleen, shrewishness, short temper, hot temper, quick temperView synonyms
- ‘But the sullenness, withdrawal and irritability are hard on those around them.’
- ‘During this time you may have feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety and irritability.’
- ‘Within days my energy levels pick up, and my tendency to ill temper and irritability fades away.’
- ‘In such cases, the depression often appears as extreme irritability and anger, rather than sadness.’
- ‘But the family have pulled together and, in spite of fits of irritability, are happy.’
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