Definition of anger in English:

anger

noun

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

    ‘the colonel's anger at his daughter's disobedience’
    • ‘Emma's face is red with anger, her eyes flash in fury and her hair seems to have bushed out with rage.’
    • ‘For some reason the sergeant major had decided to choose me to vent his anger on.’
    • ‘I share the rising public anger at a government that sneers at integrity and trust.’
    • ‘Before the meeting a number of campaigners staged a protest to show their anger.’
    • ‘He prompted anger by appearing to suggest some of the audience had been drinking.’
    • ‘Official politics is in flux and there is a widespread mood of resentment and anger.’
    • ‘Moss Street residents reacted with anger to news that their homes were expendable.’
    • ‘The burden is a clutch of vivid memories which inspire a mixture of anger and pity in equal measure.’
    • ‘He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity.’
    • ‘Both Italy and Spain reacted with anger at their exclusion from the Berlin summit.’
    • ‘Any leader needs a strong and loyal party, not one riven with anger at how the leader came by his crown.’
    • ‘I think that she has got a lot of anger inside and her behaviour wasn't very good.’
    • ‘But it is no small thing to see anger and resentment each and every time you try to open up.’
    • ‘Nothing inspires an artist more than the righteous anger of an observed injustice.’
    • ‘The level of anger at the plans within Scottish Opera was last night made clear by a senior source.’
    • ‘His statement had caused outrage and anger in both the Hindu and Sikh communities.’
    • ‘Shaking our fists both in anger at the gods and to keep warm, we trudge off in the general direction of the car.’
    • ‘It's been a very odd week so far, a proper rollercoaster of anger, joy and passion.’
    • ‘I had a rush of anger and frustration at not being able to vent my feelings in an acceptable manner.’
    • ‘Music has the power to seize the soul, to match anger with anger, grief with grief.’
    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
    aggravation
    ire, choler, bile
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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’
    • ‘Yes, he has angered many colleagues by his high-handed behaviour during the past six years.’
    • ‘Local residents and visitors are rightly angered and frustrated by the limited action being taken.’
    • ‘The edict has angered some officers, who feel the ruling is discriminatory.’
    • ‘The news angered officials at unions involved in pay disputes with both companies.’
    • ‘The decision angered witnesses who say they wanted the chance to give evidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was also angered that police chiefs had not apologised for the way the case had been handled.’
    • ‘She and the family are angered and appalled at what has been disclosed.’
    • ‘Staff were reportedly angered by the way the news was broken to them but have been ordered not to speak to the media.’
    • ‘The plans have angered nearby residents, who fear increased noise and traffic chaos.’
    • ‘The girls burst out with genuine laughter at him, which only angered him even more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What angered people was nowhere in the letter did it say the home was for elderly people.’
    • ‘The BBC reported this story this morning and it is not often I am so angered by anything so early in the day.’
    • ‘The Government has delayed an announcement on third-level fees promised for this week, angering students.’
    • ‘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 bid had angered local residents who feared streets would be clogged up by hundreds of cars using the new estate.’
    • ‘The shift by Mr Gilchrist has angered some union leaders in Greater Manchester.’
    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
    empurple
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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.

Pronunciation

anger

/ˈaŋɡə/