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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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Historical Examples
  • "Eustace pinched my bare leg," Peter said irately, wriggling to the ground in order to avenge himself.

    Queensland Cousins Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
  • "To cut your throat, you hang-dog scoundrel," said Sampson, irately.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • Somebodys been doing some tall lying, declared Wade irately.

  • "If I had hold of the creature that scared the horse, I'd mill him," cried Tom, irately.

    A Noble Woman Ann S. Stephens
  • He and the Mistress watched the two irately mumbling intruders plod out of sight up the drive.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • His small gray eyes opened widely and irately on his son; but Dick took no notice.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • "And Adrian is still at his fool's game over there, I suppose," she said irately turning upon Sophia.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • The King was in the dining-hall, in dressing-gown and slippers, irately calling for his breakfast!

British Dictionary definitions for irately


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 irately



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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