Definition of anger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaNGɡər/


A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility: the colonel’s anger at his daughter’s disobedience
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  • 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.
rage, vexation, exasperation, displeasure, crossness, irritation, irritability, indignation, pique;
annoyance, fury, wrath, ire, outrage, irascibility, ill temper/humor
informal slow burn, aggravation
literary choler


[with object]
Fill (someone) with anger; provoke anger in: she was angered by his terse answer [with object and infinitive]: I was angered to receive a further letter from them [with object and clause]: he was angered that he had not been told
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  • 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.
infuriate, irritate, exasperate, irk, vex, peeve, madden, put out;
enrage, incense, annoy;
rub the wrong way
informal make someone's blood boil, get someone's back up, make someone see red, get someone's dander up, rattle someone's cage, make someone's hackles rise
aggravate, get someone, rile, tick off, tee off, burn up


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.

  • 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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Syllabification: an·ger

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