Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 901 (Irascibility)

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#901. Irascibility. -- N. irascibility, irascibleness, temper; crossness &c. adj.; susceptibility, procacity, petulance, irritability, tartness, acerbity, protervity; pugnacity &c. (contentiousness) 720.

excitability &c. 825; bad temper, fiery temper, crooked temper, irritable &c. adj. temper; genus irritabile[Lat], hot blood.

ill humor &c. (sullenness) 901a; asperity &c., churlishness &c. (discourtesy) 895.

huff &c. (resentment) 900; a word and a blow.

Sir Fretful Plagiary; brabbler[obs], Tartar; shrew, vixen, virago, termagant, dragon, scold, Xantippe; porcupine; spitfire; fire eater &c. (blusterer) 887; fury &c. (violent person) 173.

V. be irascible &c. adj.; have a temper &c. n., have a devil in one; fire up &c. (be angry) 900.

Adj. irascible; bad-tempered, ill-tempered; irritable, susceptible; excitable &c. 825; thin-skinned &c. (sensitive) 822; fretful, fidgety; on the fret.

hasty, overhasty, quick, warm, hot, testy, touchy, techy[obs], tetchy; like touchwood, like tinder; huffy,; pettish, petulant; waspish, snappish, peppery, fiery, passionate, choleric, shrewish, " sudden and quick in quarrel " [As You Like It].

querulous, captious, moodish[obs]; quarrelsome, contentious, disputatious; pugnacious &c. (bellicose) 720; cantankerous, exceptious[obs]; restiff &c. (perverse) 901a[obs]; churlish &c. (discourteous) 895.

cross, cross as crabs, cross as two sticks, cross as a cat, cross as a dog, cross as the tongs; fractious, peevish, acaritre[obs]. in a bad temper; sulky &c. 901a; angry &c. 900. resentful, resentive[obs]; vindictive &c. 919.

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Phr. a vieux comptes nouvelles disputes[Fr]; quamvis tegatur proditur vultu furor [Lat][Seneca]; vino tortus et ira [Lat][Horace]. #901a. Sullenness. -- N. sullenness &c. adj.; morosity[obs], spleen; churlishness &c. (discourtesy) 895; irascibility &c. 901.

moodiness &c. adj.; perversity; obstinacy &c. 606; torvity|, spinosity[obs]; crabbedness &c. adj.

ill temper, bad temper, ill humor, bad humor; sulks, dudgeon, mumps[obs], dumps, doldrums, fit of the sulks, bouderie[Fr], black looks, scowl; grouch; huff &c. (resentment) 900.

V. be sullen &c. adj.; sulk; frown, scowl, lower, glower, gloam[obs], pout, have a hangdog look, glout[obs].

Adj. sullen, sulky; ill-tempered, ill-humored, ill-affected, ill- disposed; grouty [obs][U. S.]; in an ill temper, in a bad temper, in a shocking temper, in an ill humor, in a bad humor, in a shocking humor; out of temper, out of humor; knaggy[obs], torvous[obs], crusty, crabbed; sour, sour as a crab; surly &c. (discourteous) 895.

moody,; spleenish[obs], spleenly[obs]; splenetic, cankered.

cross, crossgrained[obs]; perverse, wayward, humorsome[obs]; restiff[obs], restive; cantankerous, intractable, exceptious[obs], sinistrous[obs], deaf to reason, unaccommodating, rusty, froward; cussed [U. S.].

dogged &c. (stubborn) 606.

grumpy, glum, grim, grum[obs], morose, frumpish; in the sulks &c. n.; out of sorts; scowling, glowering, growling; grouchy. peevish &c. (irascible) 901.