ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio)
: roused to ire
an irate taxpayer
: arising from anger
irate words
irately adverb
irateness noun

Example Sentences

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 Hilarity fails to ensue via such episodes as Sebastian pretending to be a bad tennis player to impress his father (don’t ask) and having to reveal himself when his game partner Tigger becomes irate at his feigned fumbling. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2023 Within China, Beijing’s irate response found plenty of support among Chinese. Paul Mozur,, 3 Aug. 2022 DoubleLine Capital’s Jeffrey Gundlach said Credit Suisse Group AG’s bondholders, who are irate after the takeover by UBS Group AG wiped out about 16 billion Swiss francs ($17.3 billion) of risky notes, have only themselves to blame. Natalie Choy, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 On many days during pandemic surges, McGowan has struggled with the dislocation of shuttling between the ER—a personal hell of COVID deniers, irate family members and dying patients—and the outside world, which feels disturbingly normal. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2022 While friends prevented the irate man from landing any punches, Jason endured verbal abuse, death threats and was chased through the street while his jaw was still wired from the surgery. New York Times, 5 July 2022 Today’s real-world soundscapes are rich with the thrums and hiccups of digital technology: chirping cell phones, irate laptop fans, the unsettling, quiet whine of electric vehicles. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The mounting protests, anti-lockdown graffiti, and altercations with the police are proof the public is irate about not being able to resume normal life, like much of the rest of the world. Quartz, 2 Nov. 2022 Get irate, full of hate, throw his hamberder (and plate), with the ketchup just oozing on down. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of irate was in 1838

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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irately adverb
irateness noun

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