\ 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

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Everything is out of sorts, which might explain why some people are having inexplicably irate reactions to the fact Pete Davidson's fiancée, Ariana Grande, is wearing his late father's FDNY badge number around her neck. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Pete Davidson Can Do Whatever He Wants With His Late Father's Pendant," 17 July 2018 The vice president's physician later wrote in a memo of feeling intimidated by an irate Jackson during a confrontation over the physician's concerns. Manu Raju, CNN, "Exclusive: Pence's doctor alerted WH aides about Ronny Jackson concerns last fall," 30 Apr. 2018 An irate customer has turned herself into authorities after she was caught on surveillance vandalizing a nail salon in Missouri on Friday. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Irate customer caught on surveillance camera vandalizing nail salon," 25 June 2018 Facebook executives were irate about the conflicting statements, with some believing that Mr. Luckey had lied to them, according to people familiar with the matter. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Why Did Facebook Fire a Top Executive? Hint: It Had Something to Do With Trump," 11 Nov. 2018 The reactions of the recipients, some of whom knew Pandy and some of whom did not, range from irate to apathetic. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Dusting Off Those Little Gray Cells," 30 Aug. 2018 Mark Knight of Melbourne’s Herald Sun depicted Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among black women," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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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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