in·​fu·​ri·​ate | \ in-ˈfyu̇r-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce infuriate (audio) \
infuriated; infuriating

Definition of infuriate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make furious


in·​fu·​ri·​ate | \ in-ˈfyu̇r-ē-ət How to pronounce infuriate (audio) \

Definition of infuriate (Entry 2 of 2)

: furiously angry

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infuriation \ in-​ˌfyu̇r-​ē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce infuriate (audio) \ noun

Examples of infuriate in a Sentence

Verb I was infuriated by his arrogance. the quarterback's stupid mistake infuriated the coach Adjective Casanova made a hasty retreat from the woman's bedroom, with the infuriate husband in hot pursuit.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But asking Tony to drop her off on the corner would only infuriate him. Seija Rankin,, 7 Oct. 2021 No other suburban noisemaker has the ability to infuriate as quickly and thoroughly as a leaf blower can. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Plus, as earlier stated, your local driving might infuriate other drivers and confound the existing traffic situation. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 As occurred under President Obama, this would mainly benefit the Cuban rulers and their allies, demoralize the pro-democracy dissidents, and infuriate Cuban-Americans. Néstor T. Carbonell, National Review, 16 July 2021 These localists went as far as to advocate for Hong Kong’s total independence, a previously fringe notion that had been gaining in popularity, particularly among the younger generation, and was guaranteed to infuriate Beijing. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 There’s footage of guys on busy streets pulling the kind of skate tricks that infuriate drivers, including some close calls that may inspire gasps. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 In failing to consult with workplace experts before issuing its guidance, the CDC has managed to infuriate both labor unions and employers. Jordan Barab, Time, 21 May 2021 It was also expected to infuriate Kiev -- the pipeline will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine in shipping gas to the European Union through the Baltic Sea, depriving the Ukrainians of crucial revenue. Caroline Kelly, CNN, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of infuriate


1667, in the meaning defined above


1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infuriate


Medieval Latin infuriatus, past participle of infuriare, from Latin in- + furia fury

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“Infuriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of infuriate

: to make (someone) very angry : to make (someone) furious


in·​fu·​ri·​ate | \ in-ˈfyu̇r-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce infuriate (audio) \
infuriated; infuriating

Kids Definition of infuriate

: to make furious : enrage

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