ire

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

Definition of ire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: intense and usually openly displayed anger

Definition of Ire (Entry 2 of 2)

Ireland

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Other Words from ire

Noun

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

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

The flare stack is the kind of eyesore that raises the ire of locals. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 The Washington Post is owned by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos; Bezos and Amazon have been frequent targets of Trump's ire. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Dems to probe whether Trump retaliated against CNN, Washington Post," 12 Nov. 2018 Another target of presidential ire, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, was fired last month by Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions – and Congress shrugged. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mueller probe: As Trump mulls retaliation, where do Republicans draw the line?," 13 Apr. 2018 But Thailand is probably too small to attract much interest, let alone ire, from Washington. The Economist, "The next Japan is not China but Thailand," 5 Apr. 2018 He's also earned the trust of fiscal conservatives, and the ire of progressives, for his opposition to expanding mass transit and raising gas taxes to pay for road work. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "State Sen. Mike Delph, known for championing social issues, faces first primary challenge," 16 Apr. 2018 Japan has been a source of ire for Mr. Trump, who has criticized its trade practices going back to the 1980s. Jim Tankersley And Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "U.S. Exempts Some Allies From Tariffs, but May Opt for Quotas," 22 Mar. 2018 Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has attracted Trump’s ire for his spending decisions as well as for general disorder in the senior leadership of his agency. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump plans to replace McMaster, maybe others," 16 Mar. 2018 Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has attracted Trump’s ire for his spending decisions as well as for general disorder in the senior leadership of his agency. Washington Post, "Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may follow," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ire

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ire

Noun

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

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ire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ire

: intense anger

ire

noun
\ ˈīr How to pronounce ire (audio) \

Kids Definition of ire

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

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