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[ahyuh r-fuh l] /ˈaɪər fəl/
full of intense anger; wrathful.
easily roused to anger; irascible.
Origin of ireful
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at ire, -ful
Related forms
irefully, adverb
irefulness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Count at that word so ireful grew, He smote his wife that the blood out-flew.

  • In this ireful frame of mind, Mabel met the ladies of the Advisory Council.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • But his ireful restlessness will not allow him to accept this concession.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • The lieutenant twisted his derby in chagrined, ireful hands.

  • Her ireful words he had borne with outward calm; he had learned they were borne more easily, if borne calmly.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • He still made a jest of her remonstrance, trying the temper of the animal, and rejoicing in its dark flushes of ireful vigour.

  • He sprang up again and turned his ireful face to where, in the crowd, sat the old politician.

  • As she paces to and fro the ugly din fades out of her ears and the ireful red out of her cheeks.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • If you can Bear this with patience, we must say you have not The bitterness of spleen, or ireful passions Familiar to women.

  • There was the ireful consciousness that the narrow-gauge folks were giving him a raw deal on that dynamite matter.

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