- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for anger on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for anger
Most of us have an unhealthy relationship with anger, writes author and psychologist Andrea Brandt.
But instead of just quietly releasing a statement through a publicist, she broadcasted her anger far and wide.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say
December 29, 2014
Anger often manifests in withholders as another self-destructive but more socially acceptable feeling or behavior, like anxiety.
Then the sun went down and the anger came back as a “Thank You NYPD” rally traded insults with counter-protestors.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
He was funny and self-effacing, though prone to fits of anger.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
She looked with concern and anger upon me—No compliance, I find!
Anger contracted the face of Henry Allister; he nodded gravely.
I replied, that her pleasantry was much more agreeable than her anger.
It was out of this anger, oddly enough, that the memory of the girl came to him.
Yet the effort she made, and with success, to restrain the show of her anger, was far from slight.Weighed and Wanting
- 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 anger
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."
Idioms and Phrases with anger
see more in sorrow than in anger.