\ 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 Harris, who also goes by Terrica Hampton, became irate that deputies were there, charging documents state, and immediately began yelling and cussing. Carol Robinson |, al, "Dad, stepmom charged in toddler’s abuse death were jailed last month on child endangerment," 15 May 2020 When told that the rates were fixed by the contacts, Trump regularly grew irate, the official said. Author: Jacob Bogage, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Postal service launches review of package delivery fees as Trump pressure grows," 14 May 2020 Some were irate at Airbnb, which refunded guests’ money for cancellations no matter what kind of refund policies hosts had in place. Carolyn Said,, "Airbnb to cut 1,900 jobs as travel industry reels," 5 May 2020 Many Americans are irate at China for its dishonest and lethal suppression of knowledge about the viral outbreak. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Pandemic Is but One of America’s Security Concerns," 23 Apr. 2020 Henry was the most publicly irate among the A&M coaches at the suspension of competition. Brent Zwerneman,, "At Texas A&M, seasons and dreams cut short for stars, teams," 18 Mar. 2020 And the bricks have been tossed at a fast and furious rate by irate Marvel fans and defenders who cherish these films. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Martin Scorsese aiming at wrong target with attack on Marvel films," 3 Nov. 2019 The officer told the man of his suspicions, and the suspect, 33, immediately became irate and tried walking away. cleveland, "‘Tree trimmer’ distracts woman while partner burglarizes her home: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 6 Mar. 2020 Around the world, and especially in Europe, Chinese emissaries have written irate missives to major national publications and published statements on embassy websites criticizing—or, alternatively, lauding—the press for its coverage of the outbreak. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "China is mobilizing to control the narrative on coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 May 2020

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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