ire

noun
\ˈī(-ə)r \

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 \ 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

Much of their ire is directed not just at the plant but at the city. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Protestors in the area were raging against the Dakota pipeline; further south, the idea of a Mexican border wall was drawing ire. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 However, the footage soon drew ire from the community, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to respond. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Video Shows at Least 5 Cops Aiming Guns at Black Woman With Her Hands Up; LAPD Says She Is a Kidnapping Suspect," 3 July 2018 The list, which included conservative blogger Pamela Geller and human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, drew ire from across the political spectrum. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "SPLC makes huge settlement with anti-extremist group it called 'anti-Muslim'," 18 June 2018 The game drew ire from parents of school shooting victims who said the game was inappropriate. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "After pulling school shooting game, Steam will now 'allow everything'," 8 June 2018 The lack of complete enforcement of violations by DEQ raises the ire of Detroit residents who've sought to get the incinerator out of their neighborhood since before the city opened it in 1986. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Renewable Power waste incinerator pollutes. Is DEQ doing enough?," 21 May 2018 Soon, the commune began to raise the ire of law enforcement. Anna Douglas, charlotteobserver, "He was captured in the middle of the night on a Charlotte runway. Now it's on Netflix. | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 The company also has been a frequent target of ire from lawmakers. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Faced with falling enrollment and federal scrutiny, for-profit art schools in Chicago, Schaumburg to close," 6 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 \

Kids Definition of ire

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

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