\ ˈī(-ə)r \

Definition of ire 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: intense and usually openly displayed anger

Definition of Ire (Entry 2 of 2)


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Other words from ire


ire transitive verb
ireful \ˈī(-ə)r-fəl \ adjective

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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


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

The company also has been a frequent target of ire from lawmakers. Dawn Rhodes,, "Faced with falling enrollment and federal scrutiny, for-profit art schools in Chicago, Schaumburg to close," 6 July 2018 Towns like Collingswood, New Jersey, are moving to eradicate the company from its neighborhoods, drawing ire from residents who are trying to utilize extra space in their homes to supplement their income. Tauhid Chappell,, "Supreme Courts decision could affect Pennsylvania politics, two casinos open in Atlantic city | Morning Newsletter," 28 June 2018 But a review of court filings and government databases shows many of his inactive ventures have drawn ire from consumers, investors and business associates, sometimes resulting in legal action. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A trail of lawsuits and a failed psychic hotline. Meet the Miami man running MoviePass," 28 June 2018 Those cancellations stranded passengers in Charlotte and elsewhere, while drawing widespread ire from travelers, including on social media. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "After 3,000 flights were canceled, American aims to prevent similar trouble," 28 June 2018 Two years after the fake-accounts scandal broke, Wells Fargo & Co. is still drawing ire from regulators, recently receiving a $1 billion fine over claims of misconduct in its auto and mortgage lending businesses. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "What to Watch in the Fed’s Stress Tests," 20 June 2018 As Morocco desperately searched for a stoppage time equalizer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute header during their Wednesday match against Portugal, one player’s actions earned him some ire from World Cup fans. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "World Cup Fans Are Losing It Over Pepe's Ridiculous Flop in the Portugal-Morocco Game," 20 June 2018 The National Rifle Association has been sending out questionnaires to candidates for years, but the 2018 version is already drawing ire from Democrats appalled at the timing and tone of the questions. Gray Rohrer,, "NRA candidate questions provide test of new gun politics," 7 June 2018 After receiving an avalanche of criticism over his initial response, Trump eventually condemned the KKK and white supremacists, earning ire from David Duke. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Cannes: Spike Lee blasts Trump, explains Charlottesville footage in 'BlacKkKlansman'," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ire

: intense anger


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Kids Definition of ire

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

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