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[ahyuh r] /aɪər/
intense anger; wrath.
Origin of ire
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin īra anger
Related forms
ireless, adjective
fury, rage, choler, spleen.


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  • The threat of pulling such a well-known and widely used therapy has sparked ire of many patients and advocates.
  • His belief in a possible link between intelligence and race and gender has long provoked the ire of myriad critics.
  • F acing environmentalists' ire, fast-food franchises switched from polystyrene burger boxes to cardboard several years back.
  • So the real test will be how the particle physics community responds, whether with spittle-flecked ire or reasoned argument.
  • That's actually true, but not because no politician dares risk the ire of the shadow government that controls the saucer fleet.
  • But according to someone at the dinner party, she was directing her ire at her brother's handling of the crisis.
  • It also, as you know, got up the ire of some of my colleagues.
  • Up until now, the premier did not want to face voter ire if possible.
  • He was famous for his ability to manipulate tribal rivalries to direct popular ire away from his office.
  • Users whose listings are flagged off the site get no hint as to what they may have done to attract ire.
British Dictionary definitions for ire


(literary) anger; wrath
Derived Forms
ireful, adjective
irefully, adverb
irefulness, noun
ireless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin īra


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Word Origin and History for ire

c.1300, from Old French ire "anger, wrath, violence" (11c.), from Latin ira "anger, wrath, rage, passion," from PIE root *eis-, forming various words denoting "passion" cf. Greek hieros "filled with the divine, holy," oistros "gadfly," originally "thing causing madness;" Sanskrit esati "drives on," yasati "boils;" Avestan aesma "anger").

Old English irre in a similar sense is from an adjective irre "wandering, straying, angry," cognate with Old Saxon irri "angry," Old High German irri "wandering, deranged," also "angry;" Gothic airzeis "astray," and Latin errare "wander, go astray, angry" (see err (v.)).

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