Definition of enrage in English:


Pronunciation /enˈrāj//inˈrāj/


[WITH OBJECT]usually be enraged
  • Make very angry.

    ‘the students were enraged at these new rules’
    • ‘And that enrages me, because I have not read a single mainstream review that sought to appreciate Gibson's basic, powerful imagery on its own terms.’
    • ‘On one occasion a very enraged customer was dragged screaming and shouting from the shop.’
    • ‘Sigh… do I have to expound on the way this aggravates and enrages me?’
    • ‘‘Everything about her home enrages me,’ he snaps.’
    • ‘He was trying to tell us that this was for our own safety and that he had orders but I think he was also wary of enraging the crowd.’
    • ‘This will be a mammoth task as it risks enraging people already sceptical about the treaty.’
    • ‘It enrages me that they relentlessly makes programmes that pander to youth, when the majority of the population is over 45.’
    • ‘He delights in enraging his enemies.’
    • ‘The question of the food that children eat enrages me, as do the companies that produce television advertisements, which are, not to put too fine a point on it, full of outrageous lies from start to finish.’
    • ‘As one song led to another, I decided that there was no point leaving somewhere where I was having such a great time for somewhere which almost inevitably enrages me.’
    • ‘What enrages you now is not last night's bad behaviour but a lifetime of bad behaviour and the marriage is over.’
    • ‘What enrages me about the article is the comment that Catherine made regarding the use of services by architecture students.’
    anger, incense, infuriate, madden, inflame, incite, antagonize, provoke, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, exasperate
    hack off, drive crazy, drive mad, drive up the wall, make someone see red, make someone's blood boil, make someone's hackles rise, 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
    wind up, get on someone's wick, nark
    burn up, tee off, tick off, gravel
    piss off
    get on someone's tits
    very angry, irate, furious, infuriated, angered, in a temper, incensed, raging, incandescent, fuming, ranting, raving, seething, frenzied, in a frenzy, beside oneself, outraged, in high dudgeon
    hostile, antagonistic, black, dark
    mad, hopping mad, wild, livid, as cross as two sticks, boiling, apoplectic, aerated, hot under the collar, on the warpath, up in arms, with all guns blazing, foaming at the mouth, steamed up, in a lather, in a paddy, in a filthy temper, fit to be tied
    shirty, stroppy
    sore, bent out of shape, soreheaded, teed off, ticked off
    ropeable, snaky, crook
    in a bate, waxy
    pissed off
    wrathful, ireful, wroth
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Late 15th century (formerly also as inrage): from French enrager, from en- into + rage rage, anger.