Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
If you are ‘irascible’ then you are bad-tempered and become irritated very easily. This formal word also implies action rather than simply passive annoyance. Therefore, a person who fits this description may often act out in a petulant and hostile way rather than simply look annoyed. Such people tend to be hard to be around and provoke a strongly negative response from others.
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That journalist is an irascible character who frequently rubs people up the wrong way with his constant badgering and acerbic tone.
It’s hard to work with Sarah because she tends to behave irascibly the moment she doesn’t get her way. It’s very frustrating.
I don’t want Simon to be involved in these negotiations. His irascibility could easily cause offence and scupper the deal.