irritant irritant  /ˈɪ rə tənt/


  • (n) something that causes irritation and annoyance


  1. Russia's iron-willed leader has rebuilt his country as a great power and an irritant to the West.
  2. So far in this campaign, Jimmy Carter, 51, has been the surprise and irritant of the politics-as-usual world.
  3. It doesn't help that warming will also increase the production of ground-level ozone, a respiratory irritant that worsens asthma.


  1. Kabul demands British forces transfer prisoners within weeks

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded on Saturday that Britain hand over within two weeks more than 80 prisoners of war being held in a British base in the south, saying the detention was against Afghan law and a breach of sovereignty. The issue of prisoner transfers is an irritant in the relationship Karzai between and his Western backers, and has become more pronounced as ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Obama, Xi agree to work together on cybersecurity

    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed on Friday on the need to work together to resolve disputes on cybersecurity, a topic that has become a major irritant in relations between Washington and Beijing. Obama, speaking after the first in a series of meetings with Xi in sun-baked southern California, said he and Xi had recognized ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "We are talking about something that is a major legacy of the Vietnam War, a major irritant in this important relationship," said Walter Isaacson, co-chairman of the committee made up of scientists and policy-makers from both countries. "The...
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Walter Isaacson Source:

  2. "I think there is probably a tension within the administration between those who would find the ICC to be an irritant and an obstacle to peace efforts in Darfur, whereas there are others who may be arguing that this might facilitate those...
    on Jul 14, 2008 By: David Scheffer Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to China, said in Hong Kong yesterday: "I think it takes an irritant off the table in the US-China relationship."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Jon Huntsman Source:

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