\ 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 ireful (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 Facebook’s ambitious plan for a global cryptocurrency backed by real money, known as the Libra Project, has drawn the ire of the world’s most influential financial regulators. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Amazon the innovator or Amazon the violator?," 13 Oct. 2020 Her new teammates could not resist mimicking the tea-sipping celebration that drew the ire of the English after Morgan scored against them in the 2019 Women's World Cup semifinal victory for the Americans. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Alex Morgan leaving tea-cup celebrations to Spurs teammates," 2 Oct. 2020 Mexico, perhaps more than any other country, has been the target of Mr. Trump’s ire, with the president using it as a campaign punching bag and vowing to make Mexicans pay for a border wall. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘I Feel Sorry for Americans’: A Baffled World Watches the U.S.," 26 Sep. 2020 Democracy may not disappear because candidates keep stoking Americans’ ire at each other and at the political system. Steven Webster, The Conversation, "Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy," 10 Sep. 2020 Bookings operator Travelport LLC drew creditor ire earlier this year after trying to transfer assets into an unrestricted subsidiary earlier this year. Katherine Doherty,, "NYC Ferry Owner Gets Rescue by Tapping Niagara Falls Assets," 7 Oct. 2020 Those comments drew the ire of former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who played three seasons for Patricia's predecessor, Jim Caldwell, and now works as an analyst at ESPN. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia offers puzzling explanation for 'a lot of work to do' comment," 5 Oct. 2020 The village of Waukesha incident also raised the ire of some Trump supporters, but for different reasons. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Political signs in Waukesha County turn 'R-rated' as the presidential election nears," 28 Sep. 2020 Union players cheered after his miss, which drew the ire of the Argentine forward. Khobi Price,, "Inter Miami fall to Philadelphia Union in Gonzalo Higuain’s debut," 27 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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“Ire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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