anger

noun
an·ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər \

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\-g(ə-)riŋ \

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 \-ləs \ adjective

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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

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.

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

That prospect set off a wave of anger from those who considered Brexit a ringing declaration of independence from the bureaucracy in Brussels. Laura King, latimes.com, "British Prime Minister May's government appears in turmoil amid resignations tied to Brexit," 9 July 2018 Kirstjen Nielsen, Scott Pruitt, Stephen Miller, Elaine Chao, and, in the most high-profile case, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have all felt the wrath of citizen anger in recent weeks. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Bookstore Owner Calls Cops After Woman Accosts Steve Bannon," 8 July 2018 So far Mr Fu’s saga is one with no winners, but many losers—including some of the world’s largest firms and governments that have buckled at the first hint of Chinese anger. The Economist, "Xi’s world order: July 2024," 7 July 2018 Hopefully Gomez didn't relapse and smash up another cooler out of anger after Jose Bautista hit his first career walk-off home run to hand the Rays their second straight loss. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Watch: Carlos Gomez Apologizes to Water Coolers Everywhere After Destroying Two July Fourth," 6 July 2018 One of my track coaches could see there was something there, a little bit of anger. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "How a yoga garden nourishes the soul of a West Side block," 5 July 2018 In this moment, though, there is no good use for the undercurrent of despair beneath the tidal wave of anger that accompanied the rejections. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Sixers weren't ready for LeBron James or Paul George | Marcus Hayes," 4 July 2018 Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador rode a tidal wave of voter anger to victory. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "We go inside Amazon’s warehouse world, plus Kam Chancellor retires from the NFL | Monday Morning Brief, July 2," 2 July 2018 India’s hosting of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile in the mountain town of Dharamsala in northern India is also a source of anger in Beijing. Karthikeyan Sundaram, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's Trade War Pushes China Closer to Old Foe India," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mr Leung had angered the Chinese government by supporting independence for Hong Kong. The Economist, "Politics this week," 14 June 2018 In the past few months, the Trump administration also angered Beijing by authorizing US manufacturers to sell submarine technology to Taiwan, as well as enacting the Taiwan Travel Act to encourage official visits between the US and the island. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China," 12 June 2018 The bill has little effect on current teachers, but lawmakers angered educators by passing it without letting anyone read it. Adam Beam, The Seattle Times, "In Kentucky, an early test of teachers’ new political power," 12 May 2018 Manhattan federal prosecutors angered a judge Friday by giving up their pursuit of Philadelphia's reputed top mob boss. Stephen Rex Brown, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Skinny Joey' Merlino, reputed mob boss who moved to Boca, pleads guilty, avoids retrial," 27 Apr. 2018 The dustup over the rent payment comes just two months after County Executive Armond Budish's administration angered council members by asking them to retroactively approve changes Budish had made to the employee handbook. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County made a $61,897.90 rent payment without approval, angering County Council," 25 Apr. 2018 For those Americans angered by their government’s cruel treatment of children as young as a few months old, this was a hard-fought victory. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 Trump’s potential state visit wasn’t the only reason Britons were angered by May’s trip. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Controversial U.K. Visit," 12 July 2018 Strzok already answered 11 hours of questions from committee members during a closed hearing late last month, and he was angered by selective leaks of his testimony by lawmakers. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "FBI agent Peter Strzok: My personal opinion of Trump did not affect my work," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of anger

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

Noun

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

Verb

see anger entry 1

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more in sorrow than in anger

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

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More Definitions for anger

anger

verb

English Language Learners Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) angry

anger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anger (Entry 2 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
an·ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər \
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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