American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A strong feeling of displeasure or hostility.
- v. To make angry; enrage or provoke.
- v. To become angry: She angers too quickly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Grief; trouble; distress; anguish.
- n. A revengeful passion or emotion directed against one who inflicts a real or supposed wrong; “uneasiness or discomposure of mind upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge,” Locke; wrath; ire.
- n. An individual fit of anger; an expression of anger, as a threat: in this sense it may be used in the plural.
- n. Pain or smart, as of a sore or swelling. This sense is still retained by the adjective. See angry, 8.
- n. Synonyms Anger, Vexation, Indignation, Resentment, Wrath, Ire, Choler, Rage, Fury, passion, displeasure, dudgeon, irritation, gall, bile, spleen. Vexation is the least forcible of these words, expressing the annoyance and impatient chafing of one whose mood has been crossed, whose expectations have not been realized, etc. Indignation may be the most high-minded and unselfish; it is intense feeling in view of grossly unworthy conduct, whether toward one's self or toward others. The other words denote almost exclusively feeling excited by the sense of personal injury. Anger is a sudden violent feeling of displeasure over injury, disobedience, etc., accompanied by a retaliatory impulse; it easily becomes excessive, and its manifestation is generally accompanied by a loss of self-control. Resentment is the broadest in its meaning, denoting the instinctive and proper recoil of feeling when one is injured, and often a deep and bitter brooding over past wrongs, with a consequent hatred and settled desire for vengeance; it is, in the latter sense, the coolest and most permanent of these feelings. Wrath and ire express sudden feeling of great power, and are often associated with the notion of the superiority of the person: as, the wrath of Jove, the ire of Achilles. They are often the result of wounded pride. Ire is poetic. Wrath has also an exalted sense, expressive of a lofty indignation visiting justice upon wrong-doing. Rage is an outburst of anger, with little or no self-control; fury is even more violent than rage, rising almost to madness. The chief characteristic of choler is quickness to rise; it is irascibility, easily breaking into a high degree of resentful feeling.
- To grieve; trouble; distress; afflict.
- To make painful; cause to smart; inflame; irritate: as, to anger an ulcer. Bacon.
- To excite to anger or wrath; rouse resentment in.
- Synonyms To irritate, chafe, provoke, vex, enrage, exasperate, infuriate.
- To become angry.
- n. An occasional spelling of angor.
- n. A strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or antagonism towards someone or something, usually combined with an urge to harm.
- n. obsolete Pain or stinging.
- v. transitive To cause such a feeling of antagonism.
- v. intransitive To become angry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Trouble; vexation; also, physical pain or smart of a sore, etc.
- n. A strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism, excited by a real or supposed injury or insult to one's self or others, or by the intent to do such injury.
- v. obsolete To make painful; to cause to smart; to inflame.
- v. To excite to anger; to enrage; to provoke.
- n. a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
- v. become angry
- n. the state of being angry
- n. belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
- v. make angry
- From Middle English anger ("grief, pain, trouble, affliction, vexation, sorrow, wrath"), from Old Norse angr, ǫngr ("affliction, sorrow"), from ang, ǫng ("troubled"), from Proto-Germanic *anguz, *angwuz (“narrow, strait”), from Proto-Indo-European *amǵʰ- (“narrow, tied together”). Cognate with Danish anger ("regret, remorse"), Swedish ånger ("regret"), Icelandic angur ("trouble"), Old English ange, enge ("narrow, close, straitened, constrained, confined, vexed, troubled, sorrowful, anxious, oppressive, severe, painful, cruel"), German Angst ("anxiety, anguish, fear"), Latin angō ("squeeze, choke, vex"), Albanian ang ("fear, anxiety, pain, nightmare"), Ancient Greek ἄγχω (ankhō, "I squeeze, strangle"), Sanskrit अंहु (aṃhu, "anxiety, distress"). Also compare anguish, anxious, quinsy, and perhaps to awe and ugly. The word seems to have originally meant “to choke, squeeze”. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old Norse angr, sorrow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Of course, a lot of things get said in anger just to lash out and hurt the person at whom the anger is directed.”
“Hopefully it will spark some more balanced debate, as a professor denied tenure and apparently writing in anger is maybe not the best judge.”
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“So some of the anger is at him and some at the world, but how do we handle it together?”
“We are entitled to our anger in response to this oppression: our anger is a message to ourselves that we need to get active and change something in order to survive.”
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“That said I believe the majority of the anger is about the reckless spending from our government.”
“Since their reasons for protesting are a textbook illustration of hypocrisy, and since they can't specifically identify what they are protesting FOR, it's pretty clear that their anger is at the man, not at his policies.”
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