A feeling of being extremely irritated or exasperated is annoyance. Your neighbor's annoyance is completely justified if you've been letting your dog bark for hours in the back yard.

You can describe the general state of being annoyed as annoyance, and it's also a good word for the thing (or person) that's annoying you. While your neighbor may refer to your dog as "that annoyance next door," from your perspective it's your neighbor who's the annoyance, constantly scolding you about your barking dog. The Latin root of annoyance is (esse) in odio, "(it is to me) hateful."

Definitions of annoyance

n the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

botheration, irritation, vexation
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an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing
huff, miff, seeing red
a state of irritation or annoyance
a minor annoyance
impatience, restlessness
a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
a state of agitated irritation
Type of:
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

n anger produced by some annoying irritation

chafe, vexation
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irritation, pique, temper
a sudden outburst of anger
a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized
aggravation, exasperation
an exasperated feeling of annoyance
harassment, torment
a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something
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anger, choler, ire
a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance

n the act of troubling or annoying someone

annoying, irritation, vexation
actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
red flag
something that irritates or demands immediate action
violent and bitter exasperation
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the practice of treating (someone or something) badly

n something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness

bother, botheration, infliction, pain, pain in the ass, pain in the neck
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(law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
irritant, thorn
something that causes irritation and annoyance
an annoyance
abatable nuisance
a nuisance that can remedied (suppressed or extinguished or rendered harmless)
attractive nuisance
anything on your premises that might attract children into danger or harm
mixed nuisance
a nuisance that is both a public nuisance and a private nuisance at the same time
private nuisance
a nuisance that interferes with your interest in and private use and enjoyment of your land
common nuisance, public nuisance
a nuisance that unreasonably interferes with a right that is common to the general public
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negative stimulus
a stimulus with undesirable consequences

n an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating

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disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

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