anger

noun
an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio) \

Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism (see antagonism sense 1b) You could hear the anger in his voice. She found it hard to control her anger.

anger

verb
angered; angering\ ˈaŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce angering (audio) \

Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make (someone) angry He was angered by the decision.

intransitive verb

: to become angry a man who angers easily

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Other Words from anger

Noun

angerless \ ˈaŋ-​gər-​ləs How to pronounce angerless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for anger

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

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

Examples of anger in a Sentence

Noun He couldn't hide his anger with us. You could hear the anger in his voice. The group expressed its anger over the company's arrogance. He said that he had no anger towards the person who shot him. He never raised his voice in anger. She was shaking in anger. Verb They were shocked and angered by the company's arrogance. He was angered to learn that he had been fired. It angered me that she would say something like that. He's a gentle man who's not easily angered.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aside from California, that anger has been most pronounced in Illinois, where churches have begun to disregard Pritzker’s order advising them to limit congregations to 10 people. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Resistance from California churches threatens shutdown enforceability," 14 May 2020 There are only a handful of protesters in front of them, but the anger is palpable. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Police use pepper balls while arresting man during protest of fatal police shooting," 9 May 2020 There was no plan or contingency for when, in an unguarded moment, the door to my emotions blew open and the pent-up tsunami of grief and fear and sadness and anger and insecurity and doubt swept over me. Wendy Dean, STAT, "Suicides of two health care workers hint at the Covid-19 mental health crisis to come," 30 Apr. 2020 Honestly, at first, my reaction [to the shutdown] was rooted in anger and frustration, and then survival mode kicked in. Rachel King, Fortune, "Restaurants are converting their spaces into retail stores to ride out the coronavirus pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 In fact, those messages actually induced a lot of anger in the participants. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What to say to someone who loses their job because of the coronavirus pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 Public and official anger towards rule breakers is growing. Luiz Romero, Quartz, "More than 100,000 people have been caught defying Italy’s lockdown," 24 Mar. 2020 The anger is so high that three-quarters of likely voters in a new McLaughin & Associates survey want America’s trading relationship with China junked. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Democrats, Republicans agree: Punish China, return jobs, manufacturing to US," 27 Apr. 2020 Getting kids to bed and apparently @meghanmccain is tossing out some anger my way . Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says She's "Praying" for Meghan McCain After 'View' Star Slams Her COVID-19 Comments," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The supervisors said Villanueva’s comments prompted social media threats against the county’s chief executive, Sachi Hamai, from people angered by the false information. Los Angeles Times, "Supervisors urge Sheriff Villanueva to correct record on coronavirus sick pay," 3 Apr. 2020 Blue Origin workers angered by potential Texas travel. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: New Shepard push angers workers, Falcon 9 gets wormed," 3 Apr. 2020 At the auto plant, Biden was interrupted repeatedly by protesters angered by his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement and reluctance to embrace sweeping environmental proposals outlined in the Green New Deal. Laurie Kellman, Fortune, "Democratic Primary Results: Biden wins Mississippi and Missouri in early blow to Sanders," 11 Mar. 2020 At the auto plant, Biden was interrupted repeatedly by protesters angered by his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement and reluctance to embrace sweeping environmental proposals outlined in the Green New Deal. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden adds Michigan to win total, delivering blow to Sanders," 10 Mar. 2020 At the auto plant, Biden was interrupted repeatedly by protesters angered by his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement and reluctance to embrace sweeping environmental proposals outlined in the Green New Deal. Time, "Joe Biden Wins Michigan Democratic Primary, Delivering Major Blow to Bernie Sanders," 10 Mar. 2020 But in 1981, Sadat died in a hail of gunfire at a military parade, killed by Islamist militants from within the military's own ranks, angered by the Egypt-Israel pact. Hilary Clarke, CNN, "Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian strongman undone by the Arab Spring, dead at 91," 25 Feb. 2020 Gosar is one of several congressional Republicans angered by Pelosi. Katie Surma, azcentral, "Rep. Paul Gosar wants House Speaker Nancy Pelosi censured for ripping up Trump speech," 7 Feb. 2020 And some angered by the woman's death directed part of their frustration at the club. Sophie Carson, USA TODAY, "Pregnant woman killed after shots fired from sunroof of passing car. Her baby survived.," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of anger

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

Noun

Middle English anger, angre "distress, affliction, hostile attitude, strong displeasure," borrowed from Old Norse angr "grief, vexation," going back to Germanic *angaza-, from an Indo-European s-stem *h2emǵh-es-/*h2emǵh-os- (whence Latin angor "suffocation, anguish," Sanskrit áṁhaḥ "anxiety, trouble," Avestan ązah-), derivatives of a verbal base *h2emǵh- "constrict, narrow," whence Latin angō, angere "to choke, cause pain to, afflict, vex," Greek ánchō, ánchein "to squeeze, strangle," Hittite ḫamanki "(s/he) ties, binds"; also from the base *h2emǵh- an adjective derivative *h2emǵh-u- "narrow," whence Germanic *angu- (> *angwu-, angwja-, whence Old English enge "narrow," ange "distressing," Old Saxon & Old High German engi "narrow," Old High German ango "anxious," Old Norse ǫngr, øngr, Gothic aggwus), Old Irish cumung "narrow," Welsh cyfyng, Old Church Slavic ǫzŭkŭ, Polish wązki, Armenian anjuk (Slavic & Armenian with a velar suffix), Sanskrit aṁhúḥ

Note: For other words formed from this Indo-European base see etymologies of angst, anguish entry 1, anxious, hangnail, quinsy.

Verb

Middle English angren "to be anxious, grieve, be vexed, irritate, afflict," probably in part derivative of anger, angre anger entry 1, in part borrowed from Old Norse angra "to grieve, vex," derivative of angr "grief, vexation"

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“Anger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anger. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for anger

anger

noun
How to pronounce anger (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

anger

verb

English Language Learners Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) angry

anger

verb
an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio) \
angered; angering

Kids Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make strongly displeased : make angry

anger

noun

Kids Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of displeasure or annoyance and often of active opposition to an insult, injury, or injustice

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Noun

anger, rage, and fury mean the feelings brought about by great displeasure. anger can be used of either a strong or a mild feeling. I was able to hide my anger. rage is used of strong violent feeling that is difficult to control. He was screaming with rage. fury is used of overwhelming rage that may cause a person to become violent. In their fury the people smashed windows.

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