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noun \ˈī(-ə)r\

: intense anger

Full Definition of IRE

:  intense and usually openly displayed anger
ire transitive verb
ire·ful \-fəl\ adjective

Examples of IRE

  1. He directed his ire at the coworkers who reported the incident.
  2. <the patronizing comment from the snooty waiter roused her ire>

Origin of IRE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ira; perhaps akin to Greek oistros gadfly, frenzy
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of IRE

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>.

Rhymes with IRE



Definition of IRE

IRE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈīr\

Definition of IRE for Kids

:  2anger, wrath <He directed his ire at me.>


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