ire

noun \ ˈī(-ə)r \

Definition of ire

:intense and usually openly displayed anger

ire

transitive verb

ireful

play \ˈī(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective

Examples of ire in a Sentence

  1. He directed his ire at the coworkers who reported the incident.

  2. the patronizing comment from the snooty waiter roused her ire

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Origin and Etymology of ire

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

Synonym Discussion of ire

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

Ire

abbreviation

Definition of Ire

Ireland

IRE Defined for English Language Learners

ire

noun

Definition of ire for English Language Learners

  • : intense anger


IRE Defined for Kids

ire

noun \ ˈīr \

Definition of ire for Students

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


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