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[ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt] /aɪˈreɪt, ˈaɪ reɪt/
angry; enraged:
an irate customer.
arising from or characterized by anger:
an irate letter to the editor.
Origin of irate
1830-40; < Latin īrātus past participle of īrāscī to be angry, get angry; see irascible, -ate1
Related forms
irately, adverb
irateness, noun
nonirate, adjective
nonirately, adverb
1. furious, irritated, provoked.
1. calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for irate
  • He is starting to get irate, but he is still smiling.
  • Two days later a card was handed in to the editor with a note asking him to see for a moment the husband of his irate caller.
  • Remove it from that place and you'll have both an irate lawn owner and a miserable lawn.
  • And-understandably-irate drivers are already complaining that it will take away their freedom on the road.
  • There was a ton of people who were really irate with the space shuttle, going back to its inception.
  • What's also apparent is that he was impatient, if not irate, over having been thwarted.
  • When forced to, drivers tend become panicked and/or irate.
  • The scene is replayed almost every night in the major leagues: an irate player venting over an umpire's call.
  • If they are unlucky, they hear the criticism second-hand, from their irate boss.
  • Elan, another pharmaceutical company, is now also facing irate investors and with more justification.
British Dictionary definitions for irate


incensed with anger; furious
marked by extreme anger: an irate letter
Derived Forms
irately, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin īrātus enraged, from īrascī to be angry
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Word Origin and History for irate

1838, from Latin iratus "angry, enraged, violent, furious," past participle of irasci "grow angry," from ira "anger" (see ire).

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