American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Anger; wrath. See Synonyms at anger.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Iron.
- n. Anger; wrath; keen resentment.
- n. Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger.
- To anger; fret; irritate.
- An abbreviation of Ireland.
- n. Iron.
- n. literary, poetic Great anger; wrath; keen resentment.
- v. transitive To anger; to fret; to irritate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. poet. Anger; wrath.
- n. a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
- n. belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
- From Middle English ire, from Old French ire ("ire"), from Latin ira ("wrath, rage"), from Proto-Indo-European *eis- (“to fall upon, act sharply”) (compare Old English ofost ("haste, zeal"), Old Norse eisa ("to race forward"), Ancient Greek ἱερός (hierós, "supernatural, holy"), οἶστρος (oĩstros, "frenzy; gadfly"), Avestan aesma 'anger', Sanskrit eṣati 'it drives on'). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īra; see eis- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He adds that there are more serious acts committed by other politicians that should receive more ire from the Paraguayan citizens, and that the press should return to focusing on the “national agenda.””
“Vandalism against those who provoke their ire is not uncommon.”
“Public ire is simmering these days over what one news channel referred to as Pakistan's "jumbo-sized" cabinet: It is made up of 61 ministers and advisers, several among them marginally qualified or shadowed by graft allegations.”
“That said, my ire is directed at NASA, not at Chris's site.”
“This has drawn ire from the purists, including her ex-partner, an artist called Ulay with whom she lived for a year among the Australian Aborigines.”
“The first run through of the DMCA laws here in the states brought the same ire from the corporate interests that it would have affected and in short and quick order was squelched until modifications were made.”
“My hottest ire is reserved for pseudo-progressives, like BLUE OREGON, that convince the herd that they're progressives, then give aid and comfort to their hack buddies, like Wyden, and folks conclude it's all krap.”
“You paint us as oversensitive naifs whose ire is disproportionate (a product of cosseting by society,) whose sexual orientation is entirely deserving of your judgement, and who essentially call "any hurt" down upon ourselves.”
“As always in populist screeds such as this, the primary target of ire is the "canon-maker-wannabes" in universities.”
“But lately their ire is mostly directed at the umpiring crew if they make a bad call.”
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