ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio)
: roused to ire
an irate taxpayer
: arising from anger
irate words
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 Police intervention in prior years had landed her son in mental health wards, jail and finally a program to help — sometimes leaving him sedated and other times irate, hearing voices. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 7 May 2024 Police say Ocasio-Justiniano became irate after the men, regulars at the club, unknowingly crossed over to his section. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 That was Jerry Seinfeld's message to an irate crew member on the set of Unfrosted, his directorial debut about the invention of the world's most popular toaster pastry. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 2 May 2024 His way out of this etiquette conundrum: exposing his testicles to repulse the club’s irate owner. Boris Kachka, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Many lawmakers were irate last week when TikTok dispatched its users to flood congressional telephone lines with calls beseeching members not to shut down the platform. Jonathan Swan, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2024 The migrant issue has calmed of late, and so have the irate — and occasionally expletive-strewn — messages that Mobolade was getting. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Rolling Stone was able to review the irate messages via a Freedom of Information Act request. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2024 The Samford bench was irate, wanting an over-the-back call. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024

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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 22 May. 2024.

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irately adverb
irateness noun

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