a. irritable; easily angered; excited by or arising from anger
Miss Minchin's irascible temper intimidated the younger schoolgirls, who feared she'd burst into a rage at any moment.
Sentence in Classic:
Not one conversation with Sviazhsky, though he had said a great deal that was clever, had interested Levin; but the conclusions of the irascible landowner required consideration.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Brownlow, who was himself of an irascible temperament, and party by such arguments and representations as seemed best calculated to dissuade him from his hotbrained purpose.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
He was almost barefoot, crawling with lice, and he was hungry, but his irascible spirit was unimpaired.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
He had to deal with holly bushes, nettles, hawthorns, eglantines, thistles, and very irascible brambles.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
The threat sounded awful, but did not alarm Jo, for she knew the irascible old gentleman would never lift a finger against his grandson, whatever he might say to the contrary.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott Context
Like some poor devils ashore that happen to know an irascible great man, they make distant unobtrusive salutations to him in the street, lest if they pursued the acquaintance further, they might receive a summary thump for their presumption.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context