• WordNet 3.6
    • adj irascible characterized by anger "a choleric outburst","an irascible response"
    • adj irascible quickly aroused to anger "a hotheaded commander"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Irascible Prone to anger; easily provoked or inflamed to anger; choleric; irritable; as, an irascible man; an irascible temper or mood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • irascible Susceptible of anger; easily provoked or inflamed with resentment; choleric: as, an irascible man; an irascible temper.
    • irascible Excited by or arising from anger; manifesting a state of anger or resentment.
    • irascible 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Irascible ī-ras′i-bl susceptible of ire or anger: easily provoked: irritable
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  • Ezra Pound
    “I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. irascibilis, fr. irasci, to be angry, ira, anger: cf. F. irascible,. See Ire
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. irascibilisirasci, to be angry—ira, anger.


In literature:

This incident was too much for Grace's irascible rooster.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Often means a stupid but irascible fellow.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I have my moments of irascibility, for which I am heartily ashamed.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Mr. Phillips, the shorthand master, was a red-faced, extremely irascible little man.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
There is in him an irascibility of temper, accompanied by a facility of invective, which is seldom met with.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
He was, besides, more gloomy, malignant, and irascible than ever.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The keen, little old man was besting and flurrying him; he was no match for this irascible invalid.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
He was especially irascible.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
In him appeared some of the characteristics of his irascible and impetuous grandfather.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
One of these was ponderous and irascible, while the other possessed the fire of youth.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris

In poetry:

Stiff, gallant, irascible, crook-legged reptile,
Little gentleman,
Sorry plight,
We ought to look the other way.
"Tortoise Gallantry" by D H Lawrence
There was an Old Person of Bangor,
Whose face was distorted with anger!
He tore off his boots,
And subsisted on roots,
That irascible Person of Bangor.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Bangor" by Edward Lear
As for papa,
He snaps when I offer him his offspring,
Just as he snaps when I poke a bit of stick at him,
Because he is irascible this morning, an irascible tortoise
Being touched with love, and devoid of fatherliness.
"Tortoise Family Connections" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The maverick Republican from Simi Valley was known as an irascible, blunt conservative with an independent streak.
A SOMEWHAT IRASCIBLE movie director, ensconced behind an imposing table, asks a young Iranian man who is auditioning to name an actor he resembles.
His rusty old Studebaker pick-up was in the coffee shop parking lot so I was not surprised to find my irascible old buddy, Eb Griper , sitting in his favorite booth.
And even if many in Silicon Valley consider him an irascible gadfly, he has a large, attentive audience.
The Irascible Hedda Sterne, April 23, 1970.
Bisher irascible , cantankerous, charming.
Life magazine's portrait of the Abstract Expressionist artists known as 'The Irascibles,' 1951.
From Most Irascible of All To Triumphant Old Master .
With the death of the prodigiously productive, rigorously intelligent and reportedly irascible Paul Kurtz in October at the age of 86, American secular humanism lost, as it were, one of its guiding spirits.
The Irascible Hedda Sterne , April 23, 1970.
This dainty little diner looks like a coffeehouse or a small-town cafe on the outside, but its fare is prepared by an irascible Scotsman with a talent for spicing up tired old lunch selections like hamburgers and sandwiches.
This sounds like news, coming from the famously irascible, finger-jabbing funnyman, who calls from a speeding Acela.
Oddsmakers have made Jones a more than 6-to-1 favorite over the irascible trash talker, the company's best villain.
Sometimes, of course, you're well aware of why he's acting like a crank , but other times, for no reason you can possibly understand, the otherwise easy-to-cover coach becomes aggressively irascible.
Former senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, an irascible moderate who served three decades in a Senate increasingly dominated by conservatives and liberals, died Sunday.

In science:

This matter, being irascibly counter intuitive, has been at the focus of vast amounts of criticism and speculation.
A "Spoof Loophole" Contra Nonlocality