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anger Line breaks: anger
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋɡə/

Definition of anger in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility: the colonel’s anger at his daughter’s disobedience
More example sentences
  • Music has the power to seize the soul, to match anger with anger, grief with grief.
  • But it is no small thing to see anger and resentment each and every time you try to open up.
  • Any leader needs a strong and loyal party, not one riven with anger at how the leader came by his crown.
Synonyms
annoyance, vexation, exasperation, crossness, irritation, irritability, indignation, pique, displeasure, resentment;
rage, fury, wrath, outrage, temper, road rage, air rage, irascibility, ill temper, dyspepsia, spleen, ill humour, tetchiness, testiness, waspishness
informal aggravation
literary ire, choler, bile

verb

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Fill (someone) with anger; provoke anger in: she was angered by his terse answer [with object and clause]: he was angered that he had not been told
More example sentences
  • His relationship with the Labour party was an uneasy one, with the political party wary of angering the man who owned newspapers sympathetic to Labour principles.
  • The Government has delayed an announcement on third-level fees promised for this week, angering students.
  • What is out-dated is the belief that it is possible to conduct politics by ignoring your allies and angering your enemies.
Synonyms
annoy, irritate, exasperate, irk, vex, put out, provoke, pique, gall, displease;
enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, inflame, antagonize, make someone's blood boil, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, ruffle, peeve
informal drive mad/crazy, drive up the wall, make someone see red, get someone's back up, get someone's dander up, get someone's goat, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, rattle someone's cage
aggravate, get someone, needle, bug, nettle, rile, miff, hack off
British informal wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, gravel
vulgar slang piss off
informal, , dated give someone the pip
rare empurple

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse angr 'grief', angra 'vex'. The original use was in the Old Norse senses; current senses date from late Middle English.

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  • Anger is from Old Norse angr ‘grief’, angra ‘to vex’. Original use was in the Old Norse senses; current senses date from late Middle English.

Words that rhyme with anger

clangour (US clangor), Katanga, languor, manga, panga, sangar, tanga, Tauranga, Zamboanga
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