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  • She has an irascible nature at the best of times, but be especially careful to avoid her early in the morning.
  • Her usual mood is one of irascible impatience.
  • His wounds only made him more irascible; the hands gave him a wide berth.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • To those who appreciate the extraordinary irascibility of the Invisible Man, the rest of the encounter will be easy to imagine.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man

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  • "What does he come here cheeking us for, then?" cried Master Kidderminster, showing a very irascible temperament.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Although he’d contributed to the recruiting effort to find new players, at the practices following tryouts he was taciturn and irascible.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The case before the jury involved an irascible gentleman who lived next door to a filling station.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He was irascible, often profane, and constantly ruffled the smooth feathers of the hidebound Navy, but like Patton, he was a winner.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It is entirely different from the usual irascible beefing he delights in and which no one takes seriously.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Blomkvist was not ordinarily impressed by celebrity, but Magnusson had such a distinctive appearance and was so familiar from his roles, in particular for playing the irascible but honest Inspector Frisk in a wildly popular TV series.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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  • ...the irascible qua-ack of a bluejay,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "But professor," our irascible companion went on, "can’t you see that we could die of hunger in this iron cage?"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • did the scurrying freaks, the Illustrated Marvel, bear the foreheads of the Irascible, the Cruel, the Covetous, the mouths of the Lewd and Untruthful?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Then I look to the sky and follow the jagged flight of irascible black crows, and then settle upon a solitary hawk tacked against a sky of cobalt blue.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • His father paused and looked back - the harsh level stare beneath the shaggy, graying, irascible brows.
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • And presumably that was long enough for this irascible fellow to give himself a phosphorescent makeover.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Uncle Monty taught them how to handle the Inky Newt without getting its black dye all over their fingers, and how to tell when the Irascible Python was grumpy and best left alone.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the Grand Duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The old man was irascible at times, but he never seemed to mind taking time for Eragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Intrepid, energetic, irascible, stormy; the most cordial of men, the most formidable of combatants.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Now, as a half-smile was sufficient to awaken the irascibility of the young man, the effect produced upon him by this vociferous mirth may be easily imagined.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Here the irascible old gentleman gave a great knock on the ground with his stick; which was always understood, by his friends, to imply the customary offer, whenever it was not expressed in words.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Ron, however, had always been used to three delicious meals a day, courtesy of his mother or of the Hogwarts house-elves, and hunger made him both unreasonable and irascible.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He was almost barefoot, crawling with lice, and he was hungry, but his irascible spirit was unimpaired.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • That hiss, faint as it was, irritated the irascible gentleman, and sealed the culprit’s fate.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He stretched his wings—it was like a huge, irascible yawn—then settled again.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • I told my grandmother of it, when we had our next conference at the trap-door, and begged of her not to allow the children to be impertinent to the irascible old man.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • ’It had been left to her, unconditionally, by her first husband,’ Mr. Murdstone began, when my aunt caught him up with the greatest irascibility and impatience.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She is still there, the gray woman with a cold, harsh, irascible face, who bore five children in six years and raised them to man—and womanhood.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • It was this constant urging, coupled with irascibility and energy, for three long hours.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "The deuce take Old Maid Pyncheon!" muttered the irascible housewife.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Dumbledore had gone, Hagrid had gone, but he had always expected Professor McGonagall to be there, irascible and inflexible, perhaps, but always dependably, solidly present… ’I don’t wonder you’re shocked, Potter,’ said Madam Pomfrey, with a kind of fierce approval in her face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But Vronsky was startled and annoyed by the nervous irascibility with which Golenishtchev talked of the subject that engrossed him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • On occasion Anthony grew raucous and irascible and Florence released him into limitless freedom outside.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • At the presentation to him then of some minor matter interrupting the current of his thoughts he would show more or less irascibility; but instantly he would control it.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Mr. Braithwaite, large and irascible, glowered at him over his spectacles.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Something in Conway’s voice, and still more in his succeeding silence, roused the youth to irascibility.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Then they began to have a few irascible words when it waxed hotter, both, needless to say, appealing to the listeners who followed the passage of arms with interest so long as they didn’t indulge in recriminations and come to blows.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I am irascible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It is true that he was irascible by nature, "of an unstable and unbalanced mind," as our justice of the peace, Katchalnikov, happily described him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • His notes were handed to me now—irascible, helpful.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Whereupon cards followed, with aunt Kimble’s annual failure to follow suit, and uncle Kimble’s irascibility concerning the odd trick which was rarely explicable to him, when it was not on his side, without a general visitation of tricks to see that they were formed on sound principles: the whole being accompanied by a strong steaming odour of spirits-and-water.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He had never been an irascible man and before war was actually declared and Mississippi seceded, his acts and speeches of protest had been not only calm but logical and quite sensible.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • While it did not incapacitate the president, it did weaken him and, according to his cabinet, made him even more irascible.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It is clear that the irascible miller was a man to interpret any chance-shot that grazed him as an attempt on his own life, and was liable to entanglements in this puzzling world, which, due consideration had to his own infallibility, required the hypothesis of a very active diabolical agency to explain them.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He was moreover, as the reader may perhaps have conceived, somewhat irascible in his nature.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Mr. Wrench was a small, neat, bilious man, with a well-dressed wig: he had a laborious practice, an irascible temper, a lymphatic wife and seven children; and he was already rather late before setting out on a four-miles drive to meet Dr. Minchin on the other side of Tipton, the decease of Hicks, a rural practitioner, having increased Middlemarch practice in that direction.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • ’I know that, fool, do I not?’ said Ralph, irascibly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It seemed incredible to Lin, his closest colleague, that the irascible older man who imposed such order but still wanted to arrest an Australian brawler for causing Dragonfly to lose face, could have been reached by Sheng Chou Yang and corrupted … No, impossible* Perhaps, thought the major, he should go back and examine further a comical off-duty agent who wanted all clients to be told he was in the Antarctic, or the overworked father of triplets who was willing to answer phones to…
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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