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/ ˈæŋ gər /
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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.
verb (used with object)
to arouse anger or wrath in.
Chiefly British Dialect. to cause to smart; inflame.
verb (used without object)
to become angry: He angers with little provocation.
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Origin of anger

1150–1200; Middle English <Scandinavian; compare Old Norse angr sorrow, grief, akin to Old High German angust (German Angst fear), Latin angor anguish

synonym study for anger

1. Anger, fury, indignation, rage imply deep and strong feelings aroused by injury, injustice, wrong, etc. Anger is the general term for a sudden violent displeasure: a burst of anger. Indignation implies deep and justified anger: indignation at cruelty or against corruption. Rage is vehement anger: rage at being frustrated. Fury is rage so great that it resembles insanity: the fury of an outraged lover.


an·ger·less, adjectiveun·an·gered, adjective
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What does anger mean?

Anger is a human emotion that involves intense displeasure and aggression as a response to an aggravating event, as in My mother was filled with anger after she found out that I had snuck out to the party.

The word anger is also used to mean to make someone feel anger or to begin to feel anger oneself, as in That grouchy old man next door angers easily. Anger also refers to making someone else feel anger, as in The disrespect shown by the new recruit angered the drill instructor.

Anger is a strong human emotion, and you’ve likely experienced anger in your own life. If you have ever felt your heart pumping strongly and wanted to scream or punch a wall, you’ve felt anger. You might feel anger when someone insults you, takes something from you, hurts one of your loved ones, or does something that you really don’t like. Feeling anger is completely normal, although how you respond to anger can make a big difference.

Angry is used to describe feeling anger, as in I try to avoid angry dogs.

Example: The silly jester was an expert at calming the king’s anger.

Where does anger come from?

The first records of anger come from around 1150. It ultimately comes from the Old Norse word angr, meaning “grief or sorrow.” It is related to the Old English enge, which comes from the Latin verb angere, meaning “to strangle.”

While anger may cause you to want to strangle someone, most people are able to control their anger in other, healthy ways. Usually, experts recommend that you try to calm yourself or to channel your anger into something productive, like journaling or taking a walk. Sometimes, a person just needs to release their anger by shouting, cursing, or punching a pillow. It is almost always a bad idea to suppress, that is holding in and ignoring, your anger because doing so can lead to anxiety, stress, or violent outbursts.

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  • angerless (adjective)
  • unangered (adjective)

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Anger is a common word used to describe a common emotion. Social media often causes people to feel anger.

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The protesters yelled about the law that caused their anger.

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British Dictionary definitions for anger

/ (ˈæŋɡə) /

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 for anger

C12: from Old Norse angr grief; related to Old English enge, Old High German engi narrow, Latin angere to strangle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with anger


see more in sorrow than in anger.

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