Definition of anger in English:



  • [mass noun] A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

    ‘the colonel's anger at his daughter's disobedience’
    • ‘I had a rush of anger and frustration at not being able to vent my feelings in an acceptable manner.’
    • ‘Moss Street residents reacted with anger to news that their homes were expendable.’
    • ‘He prompted anger by appearing to suggest some of the audience had been drinking.’
    • ‘Before the meeting a number of campaigners staged a protest to show their anger.’
    • ‘Shaking our fists both in anger at the gods and to keep warm, we trudge off in the general direction of the car.’
    • ‘I think that she has got a lot of anger inside and her behaviour wasn't very good.’
    • ‘Both Italy and Spain reacted with anger at their exclusion from the Berlin summit.’
    • ‘I share the rising public anger at a government that sneers at integrity and trust.’
    • ‘But it is no small thing to see anger and resentment each and every time you try to open up.’
    • ‘Official politics is in flux and there is a widespread mood of resentment and anger.’
    • ‘It's been a very odd week so far, a proper rollercoaster of anger, joy and passion.’
    • ‘He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity.’
    • ‘Any leader needs a strong and loyal party, not one riven with anger at how the leader came by his crown.’
    • ‘Emma's face is red with anger, her eyes flash in fury and her hair seems to have bushed out with rage.’
    • ‘His statement had caused outrage and anger in both the Hindu and Sikh communities.’
    • ‘The burden is a clutch of vivid memories which inspire a mixture of anger and pity in equal measure.’
    • ‘Music has the power to seize the soul, to match anger with anger, grief with grief.’
    • ‘The level of anger at the plans within Scottish Opera was last night made clear by a senior source.’
    • ‘For some reason the sergeant major had decided to choose me to vent his anger on.’
    • ‘Nothing inspires an artist more than the righteous anger of an observed injustice.’
    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
    ire, choler, bile
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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’
    • ‘The news angered officials at unions involved in pay disputes with both companies.’
    • ‘The felling of a sycamore tree in Bradford on Avon has angered residents who petitioned for its survival.’
    • ‘That angered me, I found that totally arrogant and I didn't wish to see him again.’
    • ‘The shift by Mr Gilchrist has angered some union leaders in Greater Manchester.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was also angered that police chiefs had not apologised for the way the case had been handled.’
    • ‘The Government has delayed an announcement on third-level fees promised for this week, angering students.’
    • ‘The girls burst out with genuine laughter at him, which only angered him even more.’
    • ‘Yes, he has angered many colleagues by his high-handed behaviour during the past six years.’
    • ‘What is out-dated is the belief that it is possible to conduct politics by ignoring your allies and angering your enemies.’
    • ‘People driving along with phones stuck to their ears have long angered me.’
    • ‘The decision angered witnesses who say they wanted the chance to give evidence.’
    • ‘Local residents and visitors are rightly angered and frustrated by the limited action being taken.’
    • ‘The BBC reported this story this morning and it is not often I am so angered by anything so early in the day.’
    • ‘The edict has angered some officers, who feel the ruling is discriminatory.’
    • ‘The plans have angered nearby residents, who fear increased noise and traffic chaos.’
    • ‘The bid had angered local residents who feared streets would be clogged up by hundreds of cars using the new estate.’
    • ‘What angered people was nowhere in the letter did it say the home was for elderly people.’
    • ‘Staff were reportedly angered by the way the news was broken to them but have been ordered not to speak to the media.’
    • ‘She and the family are angered and appalled at what has been disclosed.’
    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
    drive crazy, drive mad, 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
    wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
    tee off, tick off, burn up, gravel
    piss off
    give someone the pip
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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.