irate

adjective \ ī-ˈrāt , ˈī-ˌ , i-ˈrāt \

Definition of irate

1 :roused to ire
  • an irate taxpayer
2 :arising from anger
  • irate words

irately

adverb

irateness

noun

Examples of irate in a Sentence

  1. Irate viewers called the television network to complain about the show.

  2. the big increase in cable rates prompted a flood of irate calls and letters

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First Known Use of irate

1838

irate Synonyms

Synonyms
angered, apoplectic, ballistic, cheesed off [chiefly British], choleric, enraged, foaming, fuming, furious, hopping, horn-mad, hot, incensed, indignant, inflamed (also enflamed), infuriate, infuriated, angry, ireful, livid, mad, outraged, rabid, rankled, riled, riley, roiled, shirty [chiefly British], sore, steamed up, steaming, teed off, ticked, wrathful, wroth
Antonyms
angerless, delighted, pleased
Related Words
ranting, raving, stormy; boiling, bristling, bristly, burning, cross, huffy, passionate, seething, sizzling, smoldering (or smouldering), worked up, wrought (up); acrid, acrimonious, antagonistic, antipathetic, bitter, embittered, inimical, malevolent, piqued, rancorous, resentful, spiteful, vengeful, vindictive, virulent, vitriolic; antisocial, cold, cool, disagreeable, disapproving, distant, frigid, icy, ill-tempered, sorehead (or soreheaded), sulky, unfriendly, unpleasant; aggravated, annoyed, bearish, bilious, cantankerous, churlish, crabby, cranky, dyspeptic, exasperated, fretful, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, ill-humored, inflammable, irascible, irritable, peevish, perturbed, petulant, put out, quick-tempered, snappish, testy, touchy; argumentative, belligerent, contentious, contrary, disputatious, ornery, pugnacious, quarrelsome, querulous
Near Antonyms
accepting, accommodating, obliging; agreeable, amenable, complaisant; amicable, cordial, friendly; content, happy, satisfied; empathetic, sympathetic, tolerant, understanding; calm, pacific, peaceable, placid, serene, tranquil, unembittered; affable, amiable, easygoing, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, kind, pleasant, sweet

IRATE Defined for English Language Learners

irate

adjective

Definition of irate for English Language Learners

  • : very angry


IRATE Defined for Kids

irate

adjective \ ī-ˈrāt \

Definition of irate for Students

:angry
  • Irate fans booed loudly.


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