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 for irritating
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  irritating \irritating\ adj.
     1. causing annoyance.
     Syn: annoying, galling, chafing, nettlesome, pesky,
          pestiferous, pestilent, plaguy, plaguey, teasing,
          vexatious, vexing.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
     2. causing irritation of living tissue; -- used of physical
     Syn: irritant, irritative.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
     3. causing pain or physical discomfort; as, an irritating
        burr under his stocking.
     Syn: painful.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Irritate \Ir"ri*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Irritated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Irritating.] [L. irritatus, p. p. of irritare. Of
     doubtful origin.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten
        excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
        [1913 Webster]
              Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth
              them.                                 --Bacon.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease;
        to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a
        tyrant irritates his subjects.
        [1913 Webster]
              Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god:
              Prevent the rage of him who reigns above. --Pope.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to
        cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to
        fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a
        wound by a coarse bandage.
     Syn: To fret; inflame; excite; provoke; tease; vex;
          exasperate; anger; incense; enrage.
     Usage: To Irritate, Provoke, Exasperate. These words
            express different stages of excited or angry feeling.
            Irritate denotes an excitement of quick and slightly
            angry feeling which is only momentary; as, irritated
            by a hasty remark. To provoke implies the awakening of
            some open expression of decided anger; as, a provoking
            insult. Exasperate denotes a provoking of anger at
            something unendurable. Whatever comes across our
            feelings irritates; whatever excites anger provokes;
            whatever raises anger to a high point exasperates.
            "Susceptible and nervous people are most easily
            irritated; proud people are quickly provoked; hot and
            fiery people are soonest exasperated." --Crabb.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying
             rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is
             particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it
             galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating
             delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito";
             "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety
             catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him";
             "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you
             are wrong" [syn: annoying, bothersome, galling,
             irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering,
             pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing,
             vexatious, vexing]
      2: (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite;
         "an irritative agent" [syn: irritating, irritative]
      3: causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more
         than irritating; they can be very painful" [syn:
         irritating, painful]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "irritating":
     acerbic, acid, acrid, aggravating, aggravative, annoying, asperous,
     astringent, biting, bitter, bothering, bothersome, caustic,
     chafing, contentious, cutting, disturbing, escharotic,
     exasperating, exasperative, fretting, galling, grating, grinding,
     harassing, harsh, importunate, importune, irking, irksome,
     irritant, irritative, keen, mordant, nose-tickling, penetrating,
     pesky, pestering, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, piercing,
     piquant, plaguesome, plaguey, plaguing, poignant, provocative,
     provoking, pungent, rasping, rough, scratchy, severe, sharp, sour,
     stinging, teasing, tiresome, tormenting, trenchant, troublesome,
     troubling, vexatious, vexing, vitriolic, wearisome, worrisome,

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