Definition of ire
: intense and usually openly displayed anger
irefulplay \ˈī(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective
Examples of ire in a Sentence
He directed his ire at the coworkers who reported the incident.
the patronizing comment from the snooty waiter roused her ire
Recent Examples of ire from the Web
His outspokenness drew the ire of administration officials and earned him near-cult status among Trump's opponents.
Insurance premiums and deductibles have also risen under Obamacare, drawing the ire of many working-class Americans.
President Trump drew ire once again for his tweeting and everyone is talking about it — even The Joker.
Exactly what set off Trump’s ire was not known — Trump didn’t say.
Portugal's penalty taking deserves plenty of ire, too.
The about face, coupled with another government decision to promote a bill that would enshrine the ultra-Orthodox monopoly over conversions, provoked the ire of liberal Jews.
This role would earn her the ire of Senate Democrats.
Another possible line of questioning could be the leaks about the investigation -- a frequent subject of Trump’s ire.
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Origin and Etymology of ire
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ira; perhaps akin to Greek oistros gadfly, frenzy
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of ire for English Language Learners
: intense anger
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