\ ˈī(-ə)r \

Definition of ire

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: 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ire

Synonyms: Noun

anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

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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

That has raised the ire of officials of the Fiesta parades, which now proceed along Alamo Street, passing directly in front of the iconic Alamo church. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio officials request changes to controversial Alamo plan," 29 June 2018 The Netflix series centers on guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his followers (called Rajneeshees or sannyasins) and their creation of a city in rural Oregon, which raised the ire of the residents of the tiny nearby town of Antelope. Lisa Rosen,, "'Wild, Wild Country' documents bizarre tale of sex, drugs and religious fervor," 13 June 2018 This second wave of comments from Reid has raised the ire of conservatives who spot bias in ABC's firing of Roseanne Barr after racist tweets, but Reid's enduring presence on MSNBC. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Joy Reid raised questions about 9/11 conspiracy on old website," 31 May 2018 One Liberty Principles ad in southwestern Illinois has raised the ire of the incumbent target, Rep. Charles Meier, a Republican farmer from Okawville who represents the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis. Sarah Zimmerman, The Seattle Times, "Sex-harassment, taxes, Rauner v. Madigan key in Ill. races," 24 Feb. 2018 The plans have already raised the ire of anti-nuclear campaigners, who cite decades of wear and tear on the nation’s reactors, as well as the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. Ari Natter,, "Nuclear Reactors Could Run as Long as 80 Years Under Trump Plan," 21 Feb. 2018 Indeed, among the show's right-wing fans, the potential for outrage is high: last season, an episode that saw President Dalton taking a stand against climate change deniers raised the ire of some conservative viewers. Chris Eggertsen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside 'Madam Secretary's' Trump-Like Impeachment Episode," 15 Jan. 2018 Two particular provisions have attracted the ire of digital rights groups. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "An EU copyright bill could force YouTube-style filtering across the Web," 11 Sep. 2018 But the settlement raised the ire of attorneys general in eight states: Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Judge's Order Forces 3D Printing Gun Site To Shut Down—For Now," 1 Aug. 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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a complex dispute or argument

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