anger

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noun

an·​ger ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio)
plural angers
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: 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.
His mind had teemed with a hundred hurts and angers.Irving Wallace
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: a threatening or violent appearance or state : rage sense 2
the sea's anger
Suddenly it was swept by a strong gust of wind … . New thunder, new anger came rolling over their heads.Rita Madocs
angerless adjective

anger

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verb

angered; angering ˈaŋ-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce anger (audio)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become angry
a man who angers easily
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The revelation in reports last week that Novák had pardoned the man led to widespread anger and calls for her resignation. Justin Spike The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 Chowdhury struggled to pinpoint the source of his irritation, which was bordering on anger. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 That anger is shared across Punjab, a stark shift over the past two years that has shaken a core tenet of a political system whose ultimate authority is the military. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Some of the anger spilled over to the public comment period of the commission meeting, where the first caller questioned why officers would shoot someone who didn’t pose a danger to them. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Tens of thousands of Chinese people have flocked to a social media account of the US Embassy in Beijing to vent their anger and frustration about the stock market, after other outlets of protest had been closed off. Laura He, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 But explanations and apologies have done little to appease anger over the event. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 Don’t let an emotional situation lead to anger, which will weaken your position. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 This isn’t surprising because commutes of only 30 minutes are linked to higher stress and anger, while 45 minutes or more is linked to poorer overall well-being, daily mood, and health. Christine Carter, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024
Verb
Never shy of controversy, pop diva Madonna pulled a similar stunt, wrapping herself in the island’s flag at her first Taiwan concert in 2016, angering – and alienating – fans in mainland China. Heather Chen, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 Pressure had been building on the organizer to offer compensation to fans angered by Messi’s no-show, especially after the Argentine World Cup winner played for half an hour in a match in Tokyo just days later. Alan Wong, Fortune Asia, 9 Feb. 2024 The debate in Kyiv about mobilization — and to what degree the country should ramp it up — has angered soldiers on the front line. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The resolution has angered Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić. Lorne Cook, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The letter angered American Jews and put traditional civil rights groups in an awkward position. Clyde McGrady, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Apple’s plan to open up the App Store in the European Union is—ironically—angering critics who spent years demanding the company loosen its hold over the iOS ecosystem. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 26 Jan. 2024 But this kiss nonetheless angered many viewers, including members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 16 Jan. 2024 For McCarthy, his decision to work across the aisle to approve a stopgap measure amid a revolt from the right angered a group of conservatives — and ultimately led to his removal. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 entry 1, 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"

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of anger was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Anger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anger. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

anger

1 of 2 noun
an·​ger ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio)
: a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of opposition toward someone or something

anger

2 of 2 verb
angered; angering
-g(ə-)riŋ
: to make angry

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