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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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

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 The statements followed the shock and anger that poured through communities across the country as video of Floyd's last moments alive began circulating on social media. Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "University of Minnesota will scale back ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd's death," 28 May 2020 Also: San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s texts with police chief anger some homelessness advocates. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Haircuts can return to much of California," 27 May 2020 But those actions did little to quell the anger brewing in Minnesota and nationwide. Allyson Chiu, BostonGlobe.com, "Officer should be charged after Black man dies, Minneapolis mayor says," 27 May 2020 Each death has left unfathomable grief, confusion and anger in its wake. NBC News, "U.S. virus deaths top 100,000, protests over George Floyd death and China's security law," 27 May 2020 Last June an attempt by the government of Hong Kong to pass an unpopular extradition bill was met with furious anger. The Economist, "Revolution of our times A totem of the protest movement goes on display in Hong Kong," 27 May 2020 Now if only the players had a way to communicate that anger without, y'know, review bombing the game on Steam. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Doom Eternal Will Drop Its Controversial Anti-Cheat Software," 22 May 2020 The potential move has been met with anger by Palestinians, with Abbas announcing an end to cooperation with Israel and the U.S. on Tuesday. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Palestinian official: Security coordination with CIA halted over Israeli annexation plans," 21 May 2020 The fight for equality and justice begins with awareness, empathy, passion, even righteous anger. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "President Obama discusses coronavirus pandemic and looks to the younger generations in pair of commencement addresses," 16 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her comments are likely to anger demonstrators and fuel protests that have returned in recent weeks following a lull because of the coronavirus outbreak. Bloomberg.com, "Police Deploy Water Cannon as Violence Returns: Hong Kong Update," 29 May 2020 Hyon was said to have angered Kim, a rumored love interest, for participating in a pornographic film. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Rumors of North Korean leader’s ill health often abound — but facts don’t," 21 Apr. 2020 The racist way Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is treated by fans and fellow players alike is bound to anger you while watching this biopic, which is the point. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "10 essential baseball movies to watch if you've got the Opening Day blues," 26 Mar. 2020 Pearl Jam’s experiment with non-transferable tickets gives the secondary ticketing industry a Hobson’s choice: risk angering Pearl Jam fans that get turned away at the door -- or don’t sell Pearl Jam tickets at all. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Buyer Beware: What Resellers Aren't Telling Fans About Pearl Jam Tickets," 31 Jan. 2020 The supervisors said Villanueva’s comments prompted social media threats against the county’s chief executive, Sachi Hamai, from people angered by the false information. Los Angeles Times, "Supervisors urge Sheriff Villanueva to correct record on coronavirus sick pay," 3 Apr. 2020 Blue Origin workers angered by potential Texas travel. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: New Shepard push angers workers, Falcon 9 gets wormed," 3 Apr. 2020 At the auto plant, Biden was interrupted repeatedly by protesters angered by his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement and reluctance to embrace sweeping environmental proposals outlined in the Green New Deal. Laurie Kellman, Fortune, "Democratic Primary Results: Biden wins Mississippi and Missouri in early blow to Sanders," 11 Mar. 2020 At the auto plant, Biden was interrupted repeatedly by protesters angered by his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement and reluctance to embrace sweeping environmental proposals outlined in the Green New Deal. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden adds Michigan to win total, delivering blow to Sanders," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of anger

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

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, 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"

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“Anger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anger. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for anger

anger

noun
How to pronounce anger (audio)

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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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.

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