Definitions

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

  • n. Anger; wrath. See Synonyms at anger.

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  • n. Iron.
  • n. Great anger; wrath; keen resentment.
  • v. To anger; to fret; to irritate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anger; wrath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To anger; fret; irritate.
  • An abbreviation of Ireland.
  • n. Iron.
  • n. Anger; wrath; keen resentment.
  • n. Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger.

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

  • 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)

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īra; see eis- in Indo-European roots.

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From Middle English ire, yre, shortened form of iren ("iron"). More at iron.

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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').

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  • nominal form of the adjective 'irate'

    April 10, 2009