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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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  • He looked down at the irate red face with a calm and wondering eye.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • The judge was irate, and determined to give the intruder a set down.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • "You—you go and clean up the cellar," ordered the irate captain.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The irate Shadrach seized his steward by the collar and shook him, not too gently.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "May you be roasted on a gridiron like Saint Lawrence," gasped the irate priest.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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