\ 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

Two of the bills were backed by the Maryland State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union and a frequent target of Hogan’s ire. Erin Cox,, "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoes bills pushed by teachers union," 24 May 2018 And as the letter indicates, Google has raised employees’ ire multiple times this year. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google employees push to cancel Chinese search engine in new letter," 27 Nov. 2018 Mario Tama/Getty Images Scooter companies have drawn their share of ire, of course, which is why cities want to cap their numbers in an effort to control them. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.," 13 July 2018 Living up to the spending pledge, narrowly defined, would require vast shifts for one of NATO’s most powerful economies and the biggest target of Trump’s ire: Germany. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Trump wants all of NATO spending 2 percent on defense. But is it so simple?," 10 July 2018 Automakers in China, a common target of Trump's ire, would see little impact because Chinese automakers export few vehicles. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Moody's: Tariffs threaten 'nearly every segment' of auto industry," 25 June 2018 Superintendent Robert Runcie has been the focus of ire for huge cost overruns in the district’s school renovation program, funded mostly with an $800 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014. Lois K. Solomon,, "Election could set new direction for Broward schools," 22 June 2018 The post drew instant ire from U.S. fans along with several of his former teammates. Mark Zeigler,, "Wait, Landon Donovan wants U.S. fans to root for ... Mexico?," 16 June 2018 The optics of displacing special education students in favor of gifted students drew extreme ire, as well as a lawsuit, and that plan was also scrapped after months of protests. Bethany Barnes,, "Once again, Portland Public School botches community outreach over school relocation," 30 May 2018

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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


\ ˈīr How to pronounce ire (audio) \

Kids Definition of ire

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

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