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

Still, even if some players quoted in the Golf Digest piece made valid points, their anger only widens the disconnect with casual fans. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Open is hard and not always fair, so players must find a way to cope," 5 June 2019 Alumni and parents left messages on the EYSO’s Facebook page expressing anger and frustration over Swiggum’s departure and how EYSO handled it. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra cuts ties with longtime artistic director Randy Swiggum," 4 June 2019 In 1982, her sister, Ms. Gallant, wrote a letter to Cardinal Humberto S. Madeiros, the archbishop of Boston, expressing anger that nothing had changed. New York Times, "Maryetta Dussourd, 74, Dies; Raised Early Alarm on Abusive Priests," 3 June 2019 His combative anti-immigration rhetoric and down-to-earth persona on social media have tapped anger at Italy’s aloof, ineffectual political establishment in swaths of Italian society. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy’s Far-Right Firebrand Takes Aim at Europe," 13 Feb. 2019 Surely someone with that much brain, skill, and power wouldn’t just abandon it all in favor of a fleeting feeling of anger? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Why the Women of Game of Thrones Deserved Better," 20 May 2019 There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Poll: GOP voters blame news for division in America; Democrats blame Trump," 1 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those in Hong Kong who anger China's central government have come under greater pressure since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Fox News, "Hundreds protest outside Hong Kong government headquarters before debate on extradition law," 12 June 2019 Those in Hong Kong who anger China’s central government have come under greater pressure since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Washington Post, "Q&A: Why bill proposed in Hong Kong set off huge protests," 11 June 2019 But many fear that the Chinese authorities could use charges such as bribery to target people who have angered mainland officials. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong March: Vast Protest of Extradition Bill Shows Fear of Eroding Freedoms," 9 June 2019 Besides economic reform, Hu Yaobang, the most liberal-minded party leader China ever had, wanted to bring a level of transparency to the totalitarian state, which angered his political opponents. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 He is widely seen as the mastermind of Iran’s extensive military activities across the region, which have also angered Washington. Nasser Karimi, The Seattle Times, "Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution," 11 Feb. 2019 The general election can serve as a proxy for a battle over the leadership of President Trump, who has angered Democrats with his policies and rhetoric on issues such as taxes and immigration but who has strong support among staunch Republicans. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Valdez, White heading to May 22 runoff for Democratic nod," 6 Mar. 2018 Mexico itself appears to be both tiring of the caravans and eager not to anger the United States. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Caravan of 40 Salvadoran migrants sets out for US border," 30 Mar. 2019 Other elements likely to anger Brexit-backers are Britain’s willingness to pay the EU for access to certain agencies and the suggestion some EU citizens could continue to work in Britain visa-free. Washington Post, "Trump says May’s Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal," 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 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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