\ ˈī(-ə)r How to pronounce ire (audio) \

Definition of ire

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: intense and usually openly displayed anger

Definition of Ire (Entry 2 of 2)


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ire transitive verb
ireful \ ˈī(-​ə)r-​fəl How to pronounce Ire (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for ire

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered

Examples of ire in a Sentence

Noun He directed his ire at the coworkers who reported the incident. the patronizing comment from the snooty waiter roused her ire
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, while fans may be justifiably upset with the Cowboys’ performance on Sunday, Kellen Moore isn’t the one who deserves their ire. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Giants, including Dalton Schultz’s potential next season," 4 Jan. 2021 Australia has drawn China’s ire for criticizing Beijing, initiating laws aimed at reducing Chinese government influence-building efforts in Australia, and urging an investigation into the origin of the pandemic — a touchy subject in Beijing. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s Combative Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way," 14 Dec. 2020 That has drawn ire from some residents and business owners. Los Angeles Times, "Long Beach tries to strike a balance in fighting COVID-19," 10 Dec. 2020 Tanden, a Hillary Clinton loyalist and CEO of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, has drawn ire from conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats alike. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Biden, Harris double down on controversial Cabinet pick Neera Tanden," 6 Dec. 2020 Comments by a Kenosha alderman against the Black Lives Matter movement have also drawn ire. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha County passes budget that includes body cams, but fails to pass bonding to pay for budget," 11 Nov. 2020 But her unique position has drawn ire from both sides of the aisle, thrusting her race in the very divided state in the limelight. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "The battle to control the Senate got tighter overnight. Here's where things stand.," 4 Nov. 2020 The omission has drawn ire from local governments and makes clear the split in campus life in 2020 between the athletes, who regularly travel and gather in large groups, and everyone else sequestered in their dorm rooms for virtual learning. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Big Ten Football Returns—as Covid-19 Surges in the Midwest," 23 Oct. 2020 The extension will whittle Central Avenue to two vehicle lanes from four, which has drawn ire from some nearby business owners and residents. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix light rail expansion plans on track despite COVID-19 declining ridership," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of ire


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ire


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ira; perhaps akin to Greek oistros gadfly, frenzy

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12 Jan 2021

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“Ire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ire

: intense anger


\ ˈīr How to pronounce ire (audio) \

Kids Definition of ire

: anger entry 2, wrath He directed his ire at me.

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