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infuriate

[verb in-fyoo r-ee-eyt; adjective in-fyoo r-ee-it] /verb ɪnˈfyʊər iˌeɪt; adjective ɪnˈfyʊər i ɪt/
verb (used with object), infuriated, infuriating.
1.
to make furious; enrage.
adjective
2.
Archaic. infuriated.
Origin of infuriate
1660-1670
1660-70; < Medieval Latin infuriātus past participle of infuriāre to madden, enrage. See in-2, fury, -ate1
Related forms
infuriately, adverb
infuriation, noun
uninfuriated, adjective
Synonyms
1. anger. See enrage.
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  • The firebrand only seemed to infuriate the animal and he charged.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • At this the grief and choler of Alcides blazed forth dark and infuriate.

  • In this manner he sought to infuriate Frank and lead him to some act of rashness.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • There were times when her sympathy appeared to her almost to infuriate him.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • The sight of their progeny seems to infuriate them in a curious manner.

    Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
British Dictionary definitions for infuriate

infuriate

verb (ɪnˈfjʊərɪˌeɪt)
1.
(transitive) to anger; annoy
adjective (ɪnˈfjʊərɪɪt)
2.
(archaic) furious; infuriated
Derived Forms
infuriately, adverb
infuriating, adjective
infuriatingly, adverb
infuriation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin infuriāre (vb); see in-², fury
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Word Origin and History for infuriate
v.

1660s, from Italian infuriato, from Medieval Latin infuriatus, past participle of infuriare "to madden," from Latin in furia "in a fury," from ablative of furia (see fury). Related: Infuriated; infuriating; infuriatingly.

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