\ 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

Although other Trump Cabinet chiefs had higher profiles before entering government, it’s DeVos who has attracted the most intense ire from Trump’s opponents. NBC News, "Booker's history with DeVos under scrutiny as Democrats invoke her on the trail," 4 Sep. 2019 However, Spitzer’s decision to add the deputies to the Brady list has drawn ire from other law enforcement officials. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Court filing raises new questions about Orange County’s handling of informant scandal," 22 Aug. 2019 Her comments have raised a fair share of ire from a portion of the Democratic base and from some big donors, including billionaire George Soros, some of whom blamed her rather than Franken for the Minnesota senator’s exit from public life. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 News of the walkout attracted ire from other Twitter users, who expressed their displeasure with the company through the hashtag #wayfairwalkout. CNN, "Wayfair workers plan walkout in protest of company's bed sales to migrant camps," 25 June 2019 This has drawn ire from everyday Idahoans who have hiked and hunted in those hills for generations. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Who Gets to Own the West?," 22 June 2019 Central American migrants and asylum-seekers traveling in large groups across Mexico and arriving at the United States border have drawn ire from U.S. officials and inundated Customs and Border Protection and immigration courts. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico to US: You think caravans are tough for you?," 11 Apr. 2019 Chavez visited Saddam Hussein in Iraq during the OPEC tour, drawing ire from the U.S. and positioning himself as one of Washington’s most vocal critics. Peter Millard,, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 The application, which outlines a product capable of identifying passersby and sending an image of their likeness to law enforcement, is drawing ire from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides," 13 Dec. 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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