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[ahyuh r] /aɪər/
noun
1.
intense anger; wrath.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin īra anger
Related forms
ireless, adjective
Synonyms
fury, rage, choler, spleen.
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British Dictionary definitions for ires

ire

/aɪə/
noun
1.
(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 ires

ire

n.

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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