\ 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

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

Often, the person who speaks against the city of feeling, against New Orleans, becomes the focus of ire, rather than the dysfunction. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 Oliver’s real ire, though, was reserved for the for-profit companies that make money off prisoners. Melissa Locker, Time, "John Oliver Goes to Work for Prison Labor Reform on Last Week Tonight," 5 Aug. 2019 However misdirected the current ire, the multilateral system for restraining currency manipulation is indeed toothless. The Economist, "America considers retaliating against currency manipulation," 27 July 2019 That has drawn the ire of florists who take pride in regulating their profession – by weeding out people who know little about floral arrangements. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Effort to eliminate florist licenses in Louisiana becomes a thorny issue," 8 May 2018 At a routine meeting of an Oregon legislative subcommittee, Sen. Betsy Johnson unleashed the ire she's fostered for six years over the State Library's performance. Molly Harbarger,, "Puzzling ouster of Oregon's state librarian follows 1 senator's outrage," 17 Mar. 2018 Worldwide Primates, a controversial South Florida company that imports monkeys for biomedical research, has long attracted the ire of animal-rights protesters. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "In battle with animal rights activists, he sent letter filled with white powder. To himself. | Miami Herald," 9 Mar. 2018 Earlier this summer, American Airlines caught the ire of travelers with a plan to cut legroom from 31 inches to as low as 29 inches on their upcoming Boeing 737 MAX jets. Cynthia Drescher, CNT, "These Airlines Have the Most Legroom," 5 Sep. 2017

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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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