\ ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio) , ˈī-ˌ, i-ˈrāt \

Definition of irate

1 : roused to ire an irate taxpayer
2 : arising from anger irate words

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Other Words from irate

irately adverb
irateness noun

Examples of irate in a Sentence

Irate viewers called the television network to complain about the show. the big increase in cable rates prompted a flood of irate calls and letters
Recent Examples on the Web The school said no, the pair did it anyway, got suspended from the team, the public got irate and the suspension was lifted. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: The Big 10 should just admit it needs the money football provides," 17 Sep. 2020 After the two spoke, according to Jazz Times, Costello gathered his music and left the club, which had to explain his absence to irate fans. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Gary Peacock, jazz bassist who anchored Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio, dies at 85," 9 Sep. 2020 Only Yankee fans can see their squad drop $324 million for Gerrit Cole and then, months later, be irate that the club did not make menial upgrades. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB trade deadline winners and losers: Cubs, Blue Jays get better while Yankees, Braves strike out," 31 Aug. 2020 The owner of a bar in Golden, Colo., is hoping that an irate customer goes to jail for assaulting one of his employees last Saturday night. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Colorado bar employee is violently shoved after reminding customer to wear mask," 28 Aug. 2020 China was simply irate that a U.S. spy plane was operating off the coast of China. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Complains a U-2 Spy Plane Infiltrated Its No-Fly Zone," 26 Aug. 2020 As a rookie, Layne was attacked by an irate motorist wielding the steering-wheel lock known as the Club. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "A Transit Worker’s Survival Story," 24 Aug. 2020 Amber Lynn Gilles left irate, but not before snapping a photo of Mr. Gutierrez. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Security and equality shape US campaign," 6 July 2020 One of the raps against liberal cancel culture warriors is that, unlike in the past when the pressure to fire writers came from irate readers, now woke colleagues on the inside are pushing out dissenters. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "Cancel culture and conservative glass houses," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Sep 2020

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of irate

: very angry


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Kids Definition of irate

: angry Irate fans booed loudly.

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