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.


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for anger

Synonyms: Noun

angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness

Synonyms: Verb

enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, mad, madden, outrage, rankle, rile, roil, steam up, tick off

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

Antonyms: Verb

delight, gratify, please

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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


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.

Examples of anger in a Sentence


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.


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

The story of Elena and Lila is a story of friendship, yes, but also of hate, and of anger that’s not always righteous. Anna North, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend pulls back the curtain on women’s lives. What it reveals is dark and violent.," 20 Nov. 2018 Facebook may be used around the world to stoke nationalism and populist anger, but its ostensible guiding values are remarkably similar to those of the Liberal Democrats. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How platforms are driving users to misinformation about mail bombs," 27 Oct. 2018 Something felt unbalanced, as if a stealth assault had been made on the limbic system, the lacy cortical network that forms the architecture of our primal needs and emotions: pleasure, anger, fear. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 One of those scenarios includes when men cry in anger. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Jokes About Justin Bieber Crying Show Harmful Attitudes About Masculinity," 9 Nov. 2018 According to his family, José Luis was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2001 after a domestic violence dispute involving his wife and completed his sentence of 25 days in jail, three years of probation, and anger management classes., "Her Father Is A Legal Permanent Resident. Why Was He Detained By ICE?," 25 June 2018 That novel became one not about love but about my anger and frustration. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 Following an inadequate response or an undesired song, his anger gets the better of him. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 The ire that swirled around Jeong was deeply intense, and arguably far more widespread than the anger directed at Gunn. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pat Cahuich said police were angered by an article about purported narco-banners that were hung around the city accusing the chief of being in league with a criminal gang, CPJ reported. Peter Orsi, The Seattle Times, "2nd journalist with Mexican news site slain in under a month," 24 July 2018 The highlights abounded: CeCe Peniston brought a brief, yet clearly frustrated set to the Boulevard Stage, angered that the mostly youth crowd was unfamiliar with her material. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Kehlani, Tove Lo and Kim Petras Triumph at Pride LA 2018," 11 June 2018 At the Pentagon on Tuesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked if he was angered by the election results, given al-Sadr's role in killing so many American and coalition troops. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Iraqi election makes US foe al-Sadr a potential kingmaker," 16 May 2018 Moore also said she was angered by an agenda item the board never got to: the hiring of a lobbyist to represent the district in Lansing. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Chaotic Detroit school board meeting ends abruptly as longtime activist is removed," 13 Mar. 2018 Dixon Vice Mayor Ted Hickman's newspaper column using derogatory names for gay men angered a lot of people. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Derogatory column about gays to draw protesters to Dixon," 10 July 2018 The ties that American expansionists embraced, however, angered white settlers in the American West. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018 The tweet angered members of CMPD and led to calls for Mayfield to resign. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "'Move beyond the stinging words.' Forum tries to improve police-community ties.," 22 June 2018 The crew’s actions angered some who felt a few individuals shouldn’t take matters into their own hands when the mermaid was bringing joy to many others. Diane Bell,, "Mermaid's disappearance from OB rock creates waves," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of anger


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of anger was in the 13th century

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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



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

: to make (someone) angry


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



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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