from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Full of ire; wrathful. synonym: angry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of ire; angry; wroth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of ire; angry; wroth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Deeply angered but not outwardly displaying it. Full of ire; angry; wroth.

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

  • adjective feeling or showing extreme anger


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  • There was an ireful and offended air of importance upon every brow as they conversed together, rather in whisper than aloud or in detail.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • As he spoke, the figure looked upon him with a fierce and ireful countenance, which, without losing the similitude of that which it usually exhibited, had a wilder and more exaggerated cast of features.

    The Monastery

  • The page darted an ireful glance at the facetious physician; but presently recollecting that the name Kate, which had provoked his displeasure, was probably but introduced for the sake of alliteration, he suppressed his wrath, and only asked if the wains had been heard of?

    The Abbot

  • With these words, Miss Nipper preceded her foe out of the room; and walking upstairs to her own apartments in great state, to the choking exasperation of the ireful Pipchin, sat down among her boxes and began to cry.

    Dombey and Son

  • He was invited to surrender, though on no distinct pledge that his life should be spared; but he still defied the ireful King, and lived among the steep crags of the Highland glens, where the eagles made their nests, and where the mountain torrents roared, and the white snow was deep, and the bitter winds blew round his unsheltered head, as he lay through many a pitch-dark night wrapped up in his plaid.

    A Child's History of England

  • He had no fear, however — or, if he had any, he had much more obstinacy — for he, then and there, excommunicated three of his enemies, of whom Ranulf de Broc, the ireful knight, was one.

    A Child's History of England

  • He was privately warned that it was dangerous to come, and that an ireful knight, named RANULF DE

    A Child's History of England

  • “Never again”—but the exhortation bitter and ireful this time.

    Kalooki Nights

  • Wrath wakens to the cry of Hate: the Lion shakes his mane, and rises to the howl of the Hyena: Caste stands up ireful against Caste; and the indignant, wronged spirit of the

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte


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