\ 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 Lewis’s death became a national news story, with headlines proclaiming that Chicago was back to its old gangster ways — the kind of bad press that made Daley irate. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "“Power Companies Get Exactly What They Want”: How Texas Repeatedly Failed to Protect Its Power Grid Against Extreme Weather," 28 Feb. 2021 On Jodel, an anonymous social media app popular at VMI and other military colleges, commenters in the Lexington feed — which is dominated by VMI cadets — were irate. Washington Post, "VMI ends shaming expelled students by no longer publicly identifying them," 16 Mar. 2021 On third-and-one from the Cal 18, Cyrus Habibi-Likio was stopped for no gain by cornerback Josh Drayden, who was unblocked and Mycah Pittman was irate with himself for basically missing the block entirely. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "12 takeaways from Oregon Ducks’ loss at Cal," 7 Dec. 2020 His supporters were irate on social media following the announcement. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Blazers' Damian Lillard deserved NBA All-Star starter spot over Mavericks' Luka Doncic," 19 Feb. 2021 The fatal shooting at a medical clinic in Buffalo last week is reigniting anxiety about hospital safety and raising new concerns about how best to deal with irate patients vowing violence. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Health care shooting pushes clinics toward more vigilance and assessments," 13 Feb. 2021 A long night of arguments from sometimes irate neighbors ended with West Hartford’s town council authorizing a luxury apartment complex on Berkshire Road. Don Stacom,, "West Hartford authorizes luxury apartment plan after five-hour hearing, ongoing neighbor opposition," 4 Dec. 2020 At one point, when Diana has abruptly spurned Teodoro, Tristán urges him to make up with the irate Marcela. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Tickets are limited and temperatures are taken, but indoor theater in D.C. is back," 2 Nov. 2020 Members of both parties were irate about reports that Guardsmen were forced to take rest breaks outside the Capitol building. Nomaan Merchant, Star Tribune, "Guard in DC forced to sleep in garages, sparking outcry," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Apr 2021

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of irate

: very angry


\ ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio) \

Kids Definition of irate

: angry Irate fans booed loudly.

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