Definition of ire
: intense and usually openly displayed anger
irefulplay \ˈī(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective
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 of ire from the Web
Still, such retreats have long drawn the ire of government-watchdog groups, which point to them as examples of well-connected groups that look to sway politicians with perks.
A true believer in the prowess of the private sector, the governor's ire at the prospect of the state forcing companies to raise their hourly wage is understandable.
Mr. Geiger reserves a special ire for Pemberton’s investors, among them several wealthy Canadians with no background in the music business.
But White's bill, which was recently approved in the Senate, has raised the ire of environmentalists who fear it would clear the way for development along scenic waterways.
Jones, who drew ire from President Trump during the election, will retire next month.
The developer focused much of his ire at Schenirer, the councilman for the Crocker Village site and surrounding neighborhoods, who voted against the gas station.
In addition to drawing Trump’s ire, the German imbalance has sparked criticism by European Union leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.
The polarizing exterior facade has drawn the ire of some Disney fanatics.
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Origin and Etymology of ire
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ira; perhaps akin to Greek oistros gadfly, frenzy
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: intense anger
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