Definition of irate in English:



  • Feeling or characterized by great anger.

    ‘a barrage of irate letters’
    • ‘Sometimes readers become irate about things beyond any writer's control.’
    • ‘Not even a snarling boss or irate colleague can spoil that good feeling.’
    • ‘I have a feeling that when they return my call they are going to be absolutely irate.’
    • ‘The most irate members of the public were town centre residents and members of the business sector.’
    • ‘In response, we may become irate, frustrated, jealous, furiously angry and even violent.’
    • ‘There are constant traffic jams at every road junction and the honking of horns by irate drivers is deafening.’
    • ‘Having to explain to irate passengers why you can't take their money when the stupid new ticket machines are broken.’
    • ‘One letter, from an irate constituent, insisted that I rang him the moment I got his letter.’
    • ‘The fare increases have been branded outrageous by one irate passenger - and incredible by a driver.’
    • ‘On the other, a cluster of irate worshippers, furious that their mosque had been violated.’
    • ‘We're very irate about this, we've always had a local member and we intend to still have a local member.’
    • ‘The manager was irate after seeing his side denied a clear-cut penalty.’
    • ‘Police are investigating claims that a teenager was dragged around a Swindon supermarket by an irate shopper.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago it was, according to an irate letter writer in the Evening Press.’
    • ‘An estate in Harpurhey has been labelled a dumping ground by irate residents who feel not enough is being done to make it a better place to live.’
    • ‘Somewhere between Colorado and New Mexico he got into a fight with an irate florist.’
    • ‘The only response to The Peak's inflammatory headline was a few mildly irate letters.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, customers are often left feeling irate when they receive the bill as they never asked for the loan.’
    • ‘The staff are constantly dealing with farmers and other members of the public who are upset, or irate, or both.’
    • ‘Father and uncle head off to search for the kid; Dan soon has to field a call from an irate Amanda demanding to know why her son is missing.’
    angry, very angry, furious, infuriated, incensed, enraged, incandescent, fuming, seething, ireful, cross, mad
    raging, ranting, raving, frenzied, in a frenzy, beside oneself, outraged, up in arms
    indignant, annoyed, irritated, aggrieved, vexed, exasperated, frustrated, irked, piqued
    foaming at the mouth, hot under the collar, hacked off
    wrathful, wroth
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Mid 19th century: from Latin iratus, from ira anger.