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

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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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

But Bruchey’s comment about Khan sparked unusually intense anger. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Maryland mayor criticized for calling London’s Muslim mayor a ‘terrorist’," 12 July 2018 The thing is, the childish anger expressed by Mars in Cancer can’t phase you. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The government’s inability to cope with rising needs has fueled criticism and anger even among its support base. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 Fonda’s character, Viola, has just been released from an anger management clinic when her only son announces he’s getting married. Alexis Jones And Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "21 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine's Day," 13 Feb. 2019 The shooting prompted confusion and anger among those who knew Roberson. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 The scandal promoted public anger that eventually led to a historic change of government in last May’s polls. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 However, the elections saw the lowest turnout yet, mainly due to public anger at the political elite. Washington Post, "Iraq expands manual recount to 7 provinces," 9 July 2018 While the number of migrants has fallen sharply in recent years, public anger has not, and the question remains whether Europe can preserve its borderless domain and, in a sense, its reason for being. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "For Europe, Cutting the Flow of Migrants Challenges Basic Ideals," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The decision angered people across the globe and sparked Denim Day. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida leaders encourage residents to join Denim Day to bring awareness of sexual assault," 22 Apr. 2018 This week in the world of fake news, a recent satiric post criticizing California Gov. Jerry Brown for passing a fictional law made some readers laugh, angered others, and likely prompted some people to brush up on their math lingo. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "No, Gov. Brown isn’t invoking Sharia law via ‘Arabic numbers.’ Satiric photo fools some | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 That stance has angered allies of McCain, both Republicans and Democrats, who view the senator as a war hero. Author: Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump advisers hail McCain but offer no apology for aide’s crude remark," 13 May 2018 That angered other shareholders who didn’t get the same deal and exposed divisions in the Disney board. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Ronald W. Miller Endured Hard Knocks as Football Player and Disney CEO," 13 Feb. 2019 Samta’s offerings of free health advice and medicinal herbs had angered a holy man in her village in the rural Dang district in Gujarat, a state in western India. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 France formally pulled out of the group’s military command in the 1960s, angering the U.S., and then rejoined again in 2009. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "What is NATO and why is Donald Trump slamming it?," 12 July 2018 Its lack of public debate has angered many Russians, who depend on the meager monthly payments to survive. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "World Cup gives Russia a global makeover, but how long will that last?," 10 July 2018 The shutoffs have angered many local activists who argue the city should instead create a comprehensive affordability plan to help prevent service interruptions altogether. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit halts water shutoffs in temporary moratorium," 2 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 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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More Definitions for anger

anger

noun

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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