\ 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 Ire (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for ire

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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 Yet Sabbatarianism wasn’t forceful enough to stop the federal postal service from delivering mail on Sundays—a fact that drew the ire of Protestant leaders, not least because post offices had become places for men to drink and carouse. Sohrab Ahmari, WSJ, "What We’ve Lost in Rejecting the Sabbath," 7 May 2021 Her comments quickly drew the ire of advocacy organizations, which in the past year have been fighting a surge of legislation that has threatened the outright existence of transgender people in America. Asia Ewart,, "Caitlyn Jenner Doesn’t Want Trans Girls To Participate In Girls Sports," 4 May 2021 Then a search warrant unearthed a truly damning piece of evidence, the MAC-10 semiautomatic gun used to assassinate Alan Berg, the talk radio host who drew the ire of the group by repeatedly insulting far-right adherents on air. New York Times, "From the Past, a Chilling Warning About the Extremists of the Present," 1 May 2021 The indignity drew the ire of the neighborhood and mobilized the immigrant community., "A Vietnamese enclave faces growing pressure," 28 Apr. 2021 Hollins’ slew of actions drew the ire of Republican officials and activists who sued the county to varying levels of success. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Former Harris County clerk: No ‘regrets’ over voting programs that sparked Texas legislative backlash," 16 Apr. 2021 New Jersey’s fiscal condition drew the ire of state Sen. Steven Oroho, R-Sussex. Todd Defeo, Washington Examiner, "New Jersey sees ‘record surplus,’ but faces warning of possible fiscal cliff next year," 8 Apr. 2021 His sneaker drop drew the ire of many, from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to former L.A. Laker Nick Young. Los Angeles Times, "Mschf stops shipping Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ after Nike gets a restraining order," 2 Apr. 2021 But the decision drew the ire of Virginians with Confederate roots as well as White nationalist groups, who demonstrated in Charlottesville against their removal. Melissa Alonso And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Charlottesville can remove the Confederate statues at the center of a 2017 White nationalist rally, Virginia court rules," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Ire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ire

: intense anger


\ ˈīr How to pronounce ire (audio) \

Kids Definition of ire

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

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