\ 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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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 To the internet’s ire, he was also cast in alongside Shia LaBeouf in Rothchild, a fictional family of Jewish bankers that Gibson’s rep has claimed has nothing to do with the real-life Rothschild family. Anne Cohen,, "Mel Gibson’s 2020 Is Loaded With Projects. But, Uh, Wasn’t He Cancelled?," 22 Jan. 2020 Tech giants now spend as much or more as big banks, pharmaceutical manufacturers and oil giants, the records show, led by Amazon, Facebook and Google, which regularly draw lawmakers’ ire. Washington Post, "Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the last decade, new data show," 22 Jan. 2020 With Morrison absent from the Davos conference, much of the ire among climate activists was centered on Trump. Author: Rick Noack, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lashes out at climate change ‘prophets of doom’ in Davos," 21 Jan. 2020 Much of the protesters’ ire was focused on Trump, but the marches also became channels for rallygoers to express frustration over a broad range of local and national issues. Michael Wines,, "The Women’s March, Year 4: Broader issues and more controversy," 18 Jan. 2020 Byrne, for example, has directed ire at Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilan Omar of Minnesota and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. al, "Faith, football and politics explode in Alabama over 50-yard-line baptisms," 12 Jan. 2020 Thus far, to the ire of Coyotes fans, the results have not been positive. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Amid injuries, Arizona Coyotes seeing just how much they've relied on goaltending," 11 Jan. 2020 And this time, the TASBot team is taking pains to make sure no one else can copy its method—to hopefully avoid Nintendo's potential legal ire in the process. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Inside TASBot’s semi-secret, probably legal effort to control the Nintendo Switch," 11 Jan. 2020 For some time, Star Wars fandom has been consumed by debates over whether the previous installment, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, ruined the saga or whether racists and Russian bots whipped up unjust ire against it. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Return of the Disney Juggernauts," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Jan 2020

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“Ire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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