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

Definition of ire

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: intense and usually openly displayed anger

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ire transitive verb
ireful \ ˈī(-​ə)r-​fəl How to pronounce ireful (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 After turning his ire to Trump and calling for Democratic unity, Sanders spoke more about this coalition and his unique position as a presidential contender. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders's New Hampshire Win Confirms He is the Front-runner, Like It or Not," 12 Feb. 2020 Since then, he's drawn praise from Democrats and the ire of Republicans. Staff, USA TODAY, "Utah Sen. Mitt Romney voted to convict Trump during the impeachment trial. Read his full speech on the Senate floor," 6 Feb. 2020 My discomfort around the discourse is that instead of focusing our ire and condemnation at the real monsters, the narrative focused on a group of women of color. Hannah Seligson, Marie Claire, "Behind the Scenes of the Controversy at the Women's March," 17 Jan. 2020 All conservatives who have earned the label never-Trumpers and the ire of the president that comes with that distinction. Kyle Whitmire, al, "All of this will be on the final exam," 30 Nov. 2019 Trump announced the ban that day, winning the praise of health groups and the ire of the vaping industry. Author: Josh Dawsey, Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Fearing backlash, Trump pulls back from ban on e-cigarette flavors," 19 Nov. 2019 But because of Amash’s tweets on impeachment, Amash is now facing a primary challenger and the ire of the Trumpian right, and perhaps the end of his career in Congress. Jane Coaston, Vox, "David French vs. Sohrab Ahmari and the battle dividing conservatives, explained," 5 June 2019 The movement took off afterward, garnering the attention-- and ire -- of President Trump, NFL owners, players and fans of the sport. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Texas farming company bars employees from wearing Nike," 16 Sep. 2018 In the United States, speakers of German, French and Chinese, to name just three, have drawn the suspicions and ire of those who think English only should be spoken., "Today: A Plastic Purge, or the Last Straw?," 29 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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“Ire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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