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.


angered; angering\ ˈaŋ-​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


angerless \ ˈaŋ-​gər-​ləs \ 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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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


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


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.


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 novel became one not about love but about my anger and frustration. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 Following an inadequate response or an undesired song, his anger gets the better of him. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 The ire that swirled around Jeong was deeply intense, and arguably far more widespread than the anger directed at Gunn. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 After days of sometimes violent protests over high energy prices, Macron stuck to the small tax increases on gasoline and fuel that had prompted the popular anger. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "France’s Macron tries to ease popular anger over gas prices," 27 Nov. 2018 So far, most of the anger sparked by Trump’s immigration policies — opposed by about 59 percent of Americans, according to the latest polls — has been moral outrage, and understandably so. Will Bunch,, "Can Trump's slow-motion ethnic cleansing keep whites in U.S. majority? | Will Bunch," 12 July 2018 The hatred, the anger, the evil that spewed from his mouth. Christian Boone, ajc, "Old doubts quashed, new ones raised as cold case killing goes to jury," 25 June 2018 With inflation approaching 30% and unemployment at 12%, Iranians poured into the streets in hundreds of cities to express anger at the government’s failure to improve living standards. WSJ, "Year of Living Dangerously With Friends and Foes," 17 Dec. 2018 We have been taught to subsume anything even resembling anger at all costs. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "With Kavanaugh Confirmed, It’s Time to Burn It Down," 6 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dixon Vice Mayor Ted Hickman's newspaper column using derogatory names for gay men angered a lot of people. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Derogatory column about gays to draw protesters to Dixon," 10 July 2018 The ties that American expansionists embraced, however, angered white settlers in the American West. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018 The tweet angered members of CMPD and led to calls for Mayfield to resign. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "'Move beyond the stinging words.' Forum tries to improve police-community ties.," 22 June 2018 The crew’s actions angered some who felt a few individuals shouldn’t take matters into their own hands when the mermaid was bringing joy to many others. Diane Bell,, "Mermaid's disappearance from OB rock creates waves," 15 June 2018 Vogue Arabia is angering Internet users once more with a provocative cover. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Vogue Arabia' Sparks Online Backlash Following Cover of Saudi Princess Driving Car," 31 May 2018 Nonetheless the Bush White House calculated that the benefits of helping steelworkers outweighed the cost of angering allies and potentially driving up the price of consumer goods. Justin Worland, Time, "Trump Wants to Impose Steel Tariffs. It Didn't Work for Bush," 1 Mar. 2018 In recent months protests have broken out after developers cut prices on new apartments, angering homeowners who feared that property values were on the verge of collapse. WSJ, "Chinese Consumers Curb Spending, Likely Deepening Slowdown," 3 Jan. 2019 In 2012, the city government of Tokyo announced a loosening of restrictions needed to serve the fish, angering some who had devoted years of study (and money) to gain the right to do so before. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of anger


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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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



English Language Learners Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) angry


an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər \
angered; angering

Kids Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make strongly displeased : make angry



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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