ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio)
: roused to ire
an irate taxpayer
: arising from anger
irate words
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
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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of irate was in 1838

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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irately adverb
irateness noun

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