\ 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)


Other Words from ire


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 Those who draw public ire for engaging in acts of racial harm do not come out unscathed. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 One of the big questions here is whether an athlete will publicly condemn China while competing in Beijing – a move that would attract plenty of eyeballs and draw the ire of the Chinese government. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 Right guard Jack Nelson, who tends to draw the ire of his defensive teammates with his physical play, got into another tussle on Wednesday. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 If crypto holders want to retain the value of their investment and not continue to draw the ire of regulators or market-moving billionaires, time is running out to implement solutions. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, 25 June 2021 Ochoa has been known to draw the ire of opposing teams and fans. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 The White House also took the opportunity to highlight its climate efforts in the bill, which are likely to draw the ire of Republicans. Molly Nagle, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2021 Manchin, who has drawn protesters' ire because of his opposition to the legislation, later said the decision to name him in the news release imperiled the safety of his family. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 9 Jan. 2022 Thune had been one of the top Republicans to speak in favor of accepting the Electoral College results and President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election, drawing Trump's ire. Veronica Stracqualursi And Daniella Diaz, CNN, 8 Jan. 2022

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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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24 Jan 2022

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“Ire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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