adjective Etymology: Middle French, from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci to become angry, be angry, from ira Date: circa 1530 marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger • irascibility nounirascibleness nounirascibly adverb

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  • irascible — [ irasibl ] adj. • 1160; bas lat. irascibilis, de irasci « se mettre en colère » → ire ♦ Prompt à s irriter, à s emporter. ⇒ coléreux, emporté, irritable. Il est irascible mais il s apaise vite (cf. Être soupe au lait). Caractère, humeur… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Irascible — I*ras ci*ble, a. [L. irascibilis, fr. irasci to be angry, ira anger: cf. F. irascible. See {Ire}.] Prone to anger; easily provoked or inflamed to anger; choleric; irritable; as, an irascible man; an irascible temper or mood. {I*ras ci*ble*ness},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irascible — irascible, choleric, splenetic, testy, touchy, cranky, cross mean easily angered or enraged. Irascible implies the possession of a fiery or inflammable temper or a tendency to flare up at the slightest provocation {the irascible but kindhearted… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • irascible — Irascible. adj. de tout genre. Il n a guere d usage qu en cette phrase. L appetit irascible, qui signifie le mouvemement de la partie inferieure de l ame, par lequel l ame se porte à surmonter les difficultez qu elle rencontre à la poursuite du… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • irascible — (adj.) late 14c., from M.Fr. irascible (12c.) and directly from L.L. irascibilis, from L. irasci be angry, be in a rage, from ira anger (see IRE (Cf. ire)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • irascible — adjetivo 1. Que tiende a irritarse o enfadarse: Tiene un carácter muy irascible, incluso se pone violento …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • irascible — [i ras′ə bəl, īras′ə bəl] adj. [ME irascibel < MFr < LL irascibilis < L irasci: see IRATE] 1. easily angered; quick tempered 2. showing or resulting from a quick temper or a fit of anger [an irascible reply] SYN. IRRITABLE irascibility n …   English World dictionary

  • irascible — I adjective bad tempered, belligerent, cantankerous, captious, choleric, churlish, contentious, cranky, cross, disobedient, disputatious, dissentious, easily riled, edgy, fiery, fractious, froward, hostile, huffy, ill humored, ill natured,… …   Law dictionary

  • irascible — meaning ‘irritable, hot tempered’, is spelt ible, not able. See able, ible …   Modern English usage

  • irascible — [adj] crabby angry, bearish, bristly, cantankerous, choleric, crabbed, cranky, cross, feisty, fractious, grouchy, hasty, hot tempered, huffy, ireful, irritable, ogre, passionate, peevish, petulant, querulous, quick tempered, shorttempered,… …   New thesaurus

  • irascible — (Del lat. irascibĭlis). adj. Propenso a la ira …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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