Definition of ire in English:



  • [mass noun] Anger.

    ‘the plans provoked the ire of conservationists’
    • ‘It's his behaviour that makes me bristle with ire and irritation.’
    • ‘I really want to stop but you keep doing all these silly little things to get my ire going.’
    • ‘The anonymous sender was expressing his ire against the writer's silence on the issue.’
    • ‘The idea had merit, and he could explain it to the rest of his family without drawing their ire.’
    • ‘Henry's daughter Daisy is among the protesters and he is full of ire and sarcasm about them.’
    • ‘Media excesses or lapses are condoned by a public which reserves its ire for the political class.’
    • ‘For all its ire and bombast, there's rarely blood spilt, ground shifted or damage done.’
    • ‘This aspect of the government has led to ire on the part of employees and political activists.’
    • ‘It was a pointed but ultimately feeble attempt to rouse more ire against the chief executive.’
    • ‘Jaspers's emphasis on the importance of form over the content of psychopathology provokes the authors' ire.’
    • ‘Exercising their ire at the moment is the police, with their aggressive attitude towards gun use.’
    • ‘Healy still goes online to read it from time to time, to stoke his ire anew.’
    • ‘Despite drawing critical fire and reactionary ire, the show's back for a second series.’
    • ‘It fuels their ire and gives them justification for treating others like garbage.’
    • ‘Once he vents his ire, the sting in his words are powerful barbs that never miss the mark.’
    • ‘The only person on the boat whose ire they did not care to engage was the doctor's.’
    • ‘Better to pay lip service to the morals police than bring down their provincial ire on your head.’
    • ‘It is a choice she has never regretted, although there is one subject guarantee to raise her ire.’
    • ‘If anything, he should have directed his ire at the umpires, who are required to regulate the comings and goings of fieldsmen.’
    • ‘In the coming years, we will see that his ire, if anything, was far too restrained.’
    anger, rage, fury, wrath, hot temper, outrage, temper, crossness, spleen
    annoyance, exasperation, irritation, vexation, displeasure, chagrin, pique
    indignation, resentment
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin ira.