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 afternoon violence came after government officials delayed the opening of debate on the bill, which has drawn the ire of students and others in the economically free-wheeling city of more than 7 million people. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, projectiles as protests over extradition bill escalate," 12 June 2019 Moving ahead with the vote on the proposal could incite bigger protests and even unrest, but backing down risks emboldening the opposition and drawing the ire of her party benefactors, who back the bill. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Fearing China’s Rule, Hong Kong Residents Resist Extradition Plan," 7 June 2019 The plan drew the ire of Kathleen Brinkman, a former federal prosecutor and current attorney for Porter Wright, and others – including an anonymous Cincinnatian dressed as the Lorax. Maia Anderson, Cincinnati.com, "Fate of four Lytle Park trees at issue in Downtown Cincinnati development fight," 6 June 2019 Her comments drew the ire of SOS Homophobie, a group fighting violence and discrimination against LGBT people. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "French league boss clarifies comments on anti-gay chants," 26 Mar. 2019 Drew Angerer/Getty Images Liberals have turned their ire on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Li Zhou, Vox, "The emerging liberal blowback against Chuck Schumer, explained," 29 Nov. 2018 Luke Petty, the operations manager for Medigy, said a lot of CPAP users direct their ire at companies like his. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 To avoid provoking their ire, don't go near or disturb ant mounds, the CDC advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Identify These Dangerous Summer Plants and Bugs?," 3 Aug. 2018 The focus of his ire was the presence of six conservative publications at a bi-annual meeting that Brown ran last Thursday in New York with a group of editors and publishers Facebook works with. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Media — both on the left and right — are pressing Facebook to define what journalism is," 17 July 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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