\ 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 Then, in an attempt to mend fences, the student editorial staff published a mea culpa that has drawn the ire of journalists appalled that the students would apologize for what seemed to be basic journalistic practices. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Sources say feds recorded calls of Madigan’s close confidant, the world’s largest Starbucks opens this week in Chicago and Trump impeachment hearings begin today," 13 Nov. 2019 The ex-coal magnate turned West Virginia Senate Republican candidate who drew the ire of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with his derisive television ads? Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Don Blankenship announces bid for Constitution Party's presidential nomination," 12 Nov. 2019 While Manny Diaz is likely safe in just his first year on the job with the Hurricanes, Willie Taggart has drawn the ire of Seminoles fans after missing a bowl game last year and getting off to another slow start this year. C.j. Doon,, "Can Georgia get back in the playoff race? Most intriguing college football questions for Week 10," 1 Nov. 2019 The subscription podcast service launched six months ago and quickly drew the ire of the podcast community for streaming their shows in its free tier without a pre-existing business agreement. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Luminary Taps Former HBO Exec as CEO," 24 Oct. 2019 But declining economic conditions have drawn the ire of many Lebanese across the sectarian divide, inspiring mass protests. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Thousands demonstrate in Lebanon despite crackdown on protesters," 19 Oct. 2019 That drew the ire of Chinese government officials and broadcasters. Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers in China: How the team and NBA navigated the crisis amid tumultuous week," 14 Oct. 2019 Isack has thrown for at least six touchdowns in all but one game, and had a season-high seven in a 71-0 defeat of Sonoma Valley, which drew the ire of SV coach Hervy Williams. Mitch Stephens,, "Piner playing at full speed — and will not slow down," 10 Oct. 2019 Such cartoons drew the ire of Mr Najib’s government. The Economist, "Malaysia’s callow government has not kept its vows on civil liberties," 19 July 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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“Ire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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