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anger

[ang-ger] /ˈæŋ gər/
noun
1.
a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.
2.
Chiefly British Dialect. pain or smart, as of a sore.
3.
Obsolete. grief; trouble.
verb (used with object)
4.
to arouse anger or wrath in.
5.
Chiefly British Dialect. to cause to smart; inflame.
verb (used without object)
6.
to become angry:
He angers with little provocation.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse angr sorrow, grief, akin to Old High German angust (German Angst fear), Latin angor anguish
Related forms
angerless, adjective
unangered, adjective
Synonyms
1. resentment, exasperation; choler, bile, spleen. Anger, fury, indignation, rage imply deep and strong feelings aroused by injury, injustice, wrong, etc. Anger is the general term for a sudden violent displeasure: a burst of anger. Indignation implies deep and justified anger: indignation at cruelty or against corruption. Rage is vehement anger: rage at being frustrated. Fury is rage so great that it resembles insanity: the fury of an outraged lover. 4. displease, vex, irritate, exasperate, infuriate, enrage, incense, madden.
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Examples from the web for anger
  • Women who hold back feelings of anger may end up more irate in the long run.
  • anger, whether uncontrolled or bottled up, can be a dangerous emotion.
  • My anger over this reaches ridiculous levels.
  • Punishment or vengeance as a manifestation of anger.
  • There was no time to dwell on his anger.
  • There are three classic stages of grief: denial, anger, and acceptance.
  • Keeping a lid on all this political anger would challenge any leader.
  • I'm not the sort who expresses anger in an out of control manner.
  • The driver came straight at me, his face contorted with anger, his mullet undulating.
  • He writes with rich description and is especially apt at portraits of anger.
British Dictionary definitions for anger

anger

/ˈæŋɡə/
noun
1.
a feeling of great annoyance or antagonism as the result of some real or supposed grievance; rage; wrath
verb
2.
(transitive) to make angry; enrage
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse angr grief; related to Old English enge, Old High German engi narrow, Latin angere to strangle
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Word Origin and History for anger
v.

c.1200, "to irritate, annoy, provoke," from Old Norse angra "to grieve, vex, distress; to be vexed at, take offense with," from Proto-Germanic *angus (cf. Old English enge "narrow, painful," Middle Dutch enghe, Gothic aggwus "narrow"), from PIE root *angh- "tight, painfully constricted, painful" (cf. Sanskrit amhu- "narrow," amhah "anguish;" Armenian anjuk "narrow;" Lithuanian ankstas "narrow;" Greek ankhein "to squeeze," ankhone "a strangling;" Latin angere "to throttle, torment;" Old Irish cum-ang "straitness, want"). In Middle English, also of physical pain. Meaning "excite to wrath, make angry" is from late 14c. Related: Angered; angering.

n.

mid-13c., "distress, suffering; anguish, agony," also "hostile attitude, ill will, surliness," from Old Norse angr "distress, grief. sorrow, affliction," from the same root as anger (v.). Sense of "rage, wrath" is early 14c. Old Norse also had angr-gapi "rash, foolish person;" angr-lauss "free from care;" angr-lyndi "sadness, low spirits."

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anger in the Bible

the emotion of instant displeasure on account of something evil that presents itself to our view. In itself it is an original susceptibility of our nature, just as love is, and is not necessarily sinful. It may, however, become sinful when causeless, or excessive, or protracted (Matt. 5:22; Eph. 4:26; Col. 3:8). As ascribed to God, it merely denotes his displeasure with sin and with sinners (Ps. 7:11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with anger
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