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verb an·ger \ˈaŋ-gər\

Simple Definition of anger

  • : to make (someone) angry

Full Definition of anger

an·geredan·ger·ingplay \-g(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make angry <he was angered by the decision>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become angry

Examples of anger

  1. They were shocked and angered by the company's arrogance.

  2. He was angered to learn that he had been fired.

  3. It angered me that she would say something like that.

  4. He's a gentle man who's not easily angered.

13th Century

First Known Use of anger

13th century

Rhymes with anger



noun an·ger

Simple Definition of anger

  • : a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad : the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc. : the feeling of being angry

Full Definition of anger

  1. 1 :  a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism

  2. 2 :  rage 2

an·ger·lessplay \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of anger

  1. He couldn't hide his anger with us.

  2. You could hear the anger in his voice.

  3. The group expressed its anger over the company's arrogance.

  4. He said that he had no anger towards the person who shot him.

  5. He never raised his voice in anger.

  6. She was shaking in anger.

Origin of anger

Middle English, affliction, anger, from Old Norse angr grief; akin to Old English enge narrow, Latin angere to strangle, Greek anchein

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of anger

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity <tried to hide his anger>. ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling <cheeks flushed with ire>. rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion <shook with rage> <could not contain his fury>. indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful <a comment that caused general indignation>. wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge <I feared her wrath if I was discovered>.

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February 13, 2016

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