Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely angry; enraged. See Synonyms at angry.
  • adj. Characterized or occasioned by anger: an irate phone call.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Extremely angry; wrathful; enraged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Angry; incensed; enraged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Excited to anger; made angry; enraged; incensed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeling or showing extreme anger

Etymologies

Latin īrātus, past participle of īrāscī, to be angry, from īra, anger; see eis- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin iratus ("angered, angry"), from irasci ("to be angry"), from ira ("anger, wrath"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sowell lamented the decline of politicians, but he ignored the parallel decline in irate sufferering humanity.

    Matthew Yglesias » Sowell’s Coup

  • By some estimates, as many as half of all flights contain an "irate" of one kind or another, from counter pounders to worse.

    Flying Wildly Out Of Control

  • The Obama supporter claims President Clinton became "irate" and may have even touched his face during a confrontation afterwards.

    CNN Transcript Feb 18, 2008

  • Mr. Lugo-Galicia reports that he was "irate," and launched recriminations against his closest confidants saying, "they lied to me, they deceived me."

    Showdown at Fort Tiuna

  • "He came to our hotel last night, kind of irate," I said, after a moment.

    Grave Surprise

  • He added an affirmatory nod, and continued to gaze upon me with a kind of irate solemnity, holding his substantial stick between his knees, with his hands clasped upon its head.

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  • Volpe was reportedly "irate," and he and Wiese argued at the desk; Wiese had never liked Volpe.

    Incident in the 70th Precinct

  • The AMWU says the Australian workers were "irate" after being told last week they had been retrenched.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • Alasdair Pal, the 20-year-old theology student who edits the Tab, said he had been contacted by an "irate" Cambridge press officer urging him to remove the story from the website.

    The Guardian World News

  • While I am probably one of those you are "irate" with because I see a need for our own oil.

    The Tech Report: News

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