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

Despite those odds, the scene at Tuesday’s rally wasn’t one of resignation or even, really, anger. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "As override deadline looms, anti-veto ralliers say they’ll fight to the end," 10 July 2019 Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Ex-Madison County sheriff’s deputy who resigned over anti-gay comments hired as Owens Cross Roads officer," 9 July 2019 But Margot is correct in perceiving a very subtle cruelty in what Quin does; her awareness of and anger about this cruelty grow with time and repetition. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Mary Gaitskill on the Power of Fiction for Examining #MeToo," 8 July 2019 Their strategy is aimed at doing the bare minimum, quelling anger from the party’s base while not actually unearthing evidence of criminal activity. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Do Democrats Really Want To See Trump’s Tax Returns?," 5 July 2019 Former militants are scared they will be punished for their boss’s crimes: funding for reintegration projects could be slashed or public anger could hinder their return to normal life. The Economist, "The disappearance of Jesús Santrich threatens Colombia’s peace deal," 4 July 2019 This issue has generated a great deal of debate, and more than a little anger. Mike Potemra, National Review, "Born on the Fourth of July," 4 July 2019 Indeed, the favorite’s behavior generated such anger that the king ultimately dismissed him and deflected further criticism by turning viciously on the Jews. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 If older people are targets for people’s anger or rage and there are few programs in place to help them, what might this mean? Linda R. Phillips, The Conversation, "Elder abuse increasing, without increased awareness," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More: Taylor Swift has angered many people with her 'You Need To Calm Down' release. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift: Fans show support for singer at Amazon Prime Day concert amid Scooter Braun battle," 11 July 2019 But the effect of monetary stimulus on financial markets has nonetheless angered left and right alike. The Economist, "Should egalitarians fear low interest rates?," 11 July 2019 The news of these meetings has angered drivers and pitted labor unions against each other. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s auditors say the platform’s white supremacy ban is too narrow," 2 July 2019 Putin's shifting positions on Syria and oil have angered officials in Tehran, according to Ali Khorram, a former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations. Henry Meyer, chicagotribune.com, "Putin is preparing a deal Trump can tout after summit," 6 July 2018 The caravan has angered President Donald Trump, who has characterized the group as a threat to border security and national sovereignty, prompting him to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border. Daniel González, azcentral, "Migrant caravan: All but 10 Central Americans now admitted to U.S. to apply for asylum," 4 May 2018 Protesters are also angered over the forceful tactics by police in quelling unrest at a demonstration on Wednesday. Christopher Bodeen And Elaine Kurtenbach, SFChronicle.com, "Huge Hong Kong protest tests strength of leader’s control," 16 June 2019 The move has angered some Philly officials who maintain that the city will continue to guarantee equal access to homeless services. Ray Boyd, https://www.inquirer.com, "Overdose death changes two families forever; The future of Germantown High School | Morning Newsletter," 6 June 2019 Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has angered China since her 2016 election by refusing to endorse that framework and pushing for security and economic ties with the U.S., Japan and others. Keith Zhai, Bloomberg.com, "As U.S. Confronts China on Trade, Taiwan Tensions Quietly Build," 3 June 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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