(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. annoy, provoke, vex, bother, trouble; irk, exasperate, chafe, nettle, ruffle. See excitement, violence, resentment.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To bother]
Syn. provoke, annoy, exasperate, pester, peeve, nettle; see also bother 2 , 3 , disturb 2 .
2. [To inflame]
Syn. redden, chafe, swell, erupt, pain, sting, burn, aggravate; see also hurt 4 , itch 1 .
Syn.- irritate , the broadest in scope of these terms, may suggest temporary superficial impatience, or constant annoyance in, or an outburst of anger from, the person stirred to feeling [ their smugness irritated him ] ; to provoke is to arouse strong annoyance or resentment, or, sometimes, vindictive anger [provoked by an insult ] ; nettle implies irritation that stings or piques rather than infuriates [ sly, nettling remarks ] ; exasperate implies intense irritation such as exhausts one's patience or makes one lose one's self-control [exasperating impudence ] ; peeve , an informal word, means to cause to be annoyed, cross, or fretful [ he seems peeved about something ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. annoy *bug, agitate, nettle, disturb, *get under one's skin, try one's patience, exasperate, irk, *drive one up a wall, peeve, *get on one's nerves, plague.
2. make sore inflame, aggravate, hurt, chafe, sting, rub, worsen.
ANT.: 1. please, delight, humor. 2. relieve, soothe
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations: aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall2, get, irk, nettle, peeve, provoke, put out, rile, ruffle, vex. Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin. See FEELINGS, PAIN. 2. To make (the skin) raw by or as if by friction: abrade, chafe, excoriate, fret, gall2. See HELP. 3. To cause to become sore or inflamed: burn, inflame, sting. See HELP.

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