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7. irascible :

adjective :

1. Quick-tempered

2. Showing anger or resulting from anger

Usage :

Mr. Weir concludes from his large experience that the erection of the feathers is caused much more by anger than by fear. He gives as an instance a hybrid goldfinch of a most irascible disposition which when approached too closely by a servant, instantly assumes the appearance of a ball of ruffled feathers.(Charles Darwin : The expression of Emotions in Man and Animals : 1872.)

Related Forms :

irascibility & irascibleness : noun

irascibly : adverb

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