discomfort vs irritation what difference

what is difference between discomfort and irritation

English

Etymology

From Middle English discomforten, from Anglo-Norman descomforter.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌmfət/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌmfɚt/

Noun

discomfort (countable and uncountable, plural discomforts)

  1. Mental or bodily distress.
  2. Something that disturbs one’s comfort; an annoyance.

Translations

Verb

discomfort (third-person singular simple present discomforts, present participle discomforting, simple past and past participle discomforted)

  1. To cause annoyance or distress to.
  2. (obsolete) To discourage; to deject.

Usage notes

As a verb, the unrelated term discomfit is often used instead, largely interchangeably, though this is proscribed by some as an error, discomfit originally meaning “destroy”, not “distress”.

Derived terms

  • discomforter

See also

  • discomfit


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French irritation, from Latin irrītātiō, from irrītāre, present active infinitive of irrītō (I excite)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌɪɹɪˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

irritation (countable and uncountable, plural irritations)

  1. The act of irritating or annoying
  2. The state of being irritated
  3. A things or person that annoys
    Synonym: pain in the neck
  4. (physiology) a state of inflammation or painful reaction to allergy or cell-lining damage.
  5. A condition of morbid excitability or oversensitiveness of an organ or part of the body; a state in which the application of ordinary stimuli produces pain or excessive or vitiated action.
    • 1975, Richard I. Feinbloom, ‎Children’s Hospital Medical Center , Child Health Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide for Parents
      Hip pain is a common complaint in children and may indicate a very mild irritation in the hip joint or may be the symptom of a very severe abnormality

Derived terms

Related terms

  • irritable
  • irritate

Translations

Further reading

irritation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

  • irritation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • irritation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

French

Etymology

From Latin irrītātiō.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /i.ʁi.ta.sjɔ̃/
  • Rhymes: -ɔ̃
  • Homophone: irritations

Noun

irritation f (plural irritations)

  1. irritation (all senses)

Related terms

  • irriter

Further reading

  • “irritation” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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