Synonyms of irritant in English:
in 1966 Vietnam was becoming an irritant to the Labour government
annoyance, irritation, source of irritation, source of vexation, source of annoyance, thorn in someone's side/flesh, pinprick, pest, bother, trial, torment, plague, inconvenience, nuisance, menace
North American informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr in/under someone's saddle
Australian informal fair cow
Australian/New Zealand informal nark
British vulgar slang pain in the arse
[Antonyms] help, pleasure
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