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

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 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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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

Other local businesses that have shown allegiance toward either side have drawn the ire of customers. Amy Gunia / Hong Kong, Time, "In Hong Kong, Employees Hide Their Political Leanings as Beijing Forces Companies to Take Sides," 16 Sep. 2019 One proposal put forth by Assemblywoman Irwin would expand what kind of data would be exempt from CCPA provisions, and this drew the ire of consumer protection groups, Politico reports. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Spouse of Ring exec among lawmakers trying to weaken Calif. privacy law," 16 Sep. 2019 Buzz60 Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev drew the ire of the New York crowd Friday night with a meltdown and a sneaky obscene gesture during his third-round match against Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the U.S. Open. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "US Open: Daniil Medvedev angers crowd by tossing aside towel, giving obscene gesture," 31 Aug. 2019 But the change has drawn the ire of Republicans and local business owners who decry it as a threat to public safety and the local economy, exposing a partisan clash over how to manage poverty and affordable housing in America's cities. Tim Craig, Anchorage Daily News, "Should people have a legal right to sleep on city streets? The nation’s homeless crisis sparks a partisan battle.," 23 Aug. 2019 Her election to Congress in 2018 and her outspoken criticism of Trump has drawn the ire of Republicans in Minnesota and across the country. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Ilhan Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’," 19 Aug. 2019 Its long legacy of left-wing activism, notably its militant anti-fascists, has drawn the ire of the conservative movement as well as the pundits and politicians who lead it., "Portland protests Aug. 17: What you need to know," 15 Aug. 2019 The mech’s ability to jump hundreds of yards, paired with its hefty armor, have drawn the ire of players for being overpowered, spawning the #RemoveTheMech hashtag which quickly began trending in the United States. Jason Fanelli, The Hollywood Reporter, "E-sports Organizers Ban Competitor Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations," 14 Aug. 2019 Contributions from casino interests to organizations like the RGA have long drawn the ire of government accountability groups, which see them as a way to skirt Indiana's prohibition on campaign donations from casino interests. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Inspector general OKs casino boss's private flights for Gov. Eric Holcomb," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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