\ī-ˈrāt, 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

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Widespread internet outages around the United States on Friday afternoon quelled productivity and sent irate customers to Twitter to complain. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Friday's Massive Comcast Outage Shows How Fragile the Internet Is," 29 June 2018 Fernandinho was targeted by irate fans after his unfortunate own goal put Brazil on course for its quarterfinal defeat against Belgium on Friday, knocking the five-time champion out of the tournament. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil's Fernandinho targeted with racial slurs, death threats," 9 July 2018 Fans are irate, but Khloé, who is due any minute, doesn't comment. Rebecca Farley,, "It Took 78 Days For The Entire Kardashian Family To Forgive Tristan Thompson," 28 June 2018 The police responded to a call after the actress was apparently intoxicated and irate with friends and family. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Breaking Down Everything Going On With Heather Locklear," 26 June 2018 The social media furor led internet detectives to turn up more instances of a man who appeared to be Schlossberg getting irate with others. Christopher Brito, CBS News, ""I am not a racist": NYC lawyer who went on viral rant against Spanish-speaking workers apologizes," 22 May 2018 Minutes after the conclusion of the Iowa Corn 300, Robert Wickens was irate. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 Last month, an irate jogger was filmed dumping a homeless man’s possessions in the water. Jen Yamato,, "Beyond 'Black Panther': Thanks to a wave of homegrown filmmakers, Oakland is having a Hollywood moment," 7 July 2018 The owner of Bali Nail Spa in Lutz, Fla., Karen Vu, can be seen on video politely trying to calm the irate Beckzilla down. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "‘Your Language Sounds Nasty’: Woman Captured on Viral Video Going on Racist Rant at Florida Nail Salon," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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