- a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.
- Chiefly British Dialect. pain or smart, as of a sore.
- Obsolete. grief; trouble.
- to arouse anger or wrath in.
- Chiefly British Dialect. to cause to smart; inflame.
- to become angry: He angers with little provocation.
Origin of anger
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Examples from the Web for angering
The drones bombing the tribal area, angering many, are run by the Company.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner
October 10, 2014
“When you do any kind of work on video games, I think you run the risk of angering both sides,” he added.Playing Violent Video Games Makes You a Better Person, Study Says
July 4, 2014
After angering the crowd with a late start in 2008, West was back with some better music, and a lot of preaching.Kanye Returns to Bonnaroo With a Night of Lectures
Daniel G. Hill
June 15, 2014
His fear of disappointing or angering the community turns out to be unfounded.The Sole Survivors Club: A New Documentary Explores the Burden of Being a Plane Crash ‘Miracle’
November 19, 2013
He has since edged closer to the center, angering one-time Tea Party allies.Swing States Sit Out Obamacare: What Four Holdouts Are Doing
September 27, 2013
She restrained herself so as not to say too much, but really it was angering her.L'Assommoir
The frankness of John's speech, instead of angering him, pleased him much.For the Temple
G. A. Henty
The next instant he banished the thought for fear of angering Getanittowit.Running Fox
Elmer Russell Gregor
However, he had no idea of angering the Count, and held his peace.The King of Alsander
James Elroy Flecker
And you think that Gilbert would not be afraid of angering the king?Hereward, The Last of the English
- a feeling of great annoyance or antagonism as the result of some real or supposed grievance; rage; wrath
- (tr) to make angry; enrage
Word Origin and History for angering
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.
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."