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  1. a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.

  2. Chiefly British Dialect. pain or smart, as of a sore.

  1. Obsolete. grief; trouble.

verb (used with object)
  1. to arouse anger or wrath in.

  2. Chiefly British Dialect. to cause to smart; inflame.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become angry: He angers with little provocation.

Origin of anger

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English, from 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.

Other words for anger

Other words from anger

  • an·ger·less, adjective
  • un·an·gered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anger in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anger


/ (ˈæŋɡə) /

  1. a feeling of great annoyance or antagonism as the result of some real or supposed grievance; rage; wrath

  1. (tr) to make angry; enrage

Origin of anger

C12: from Old Norse angr grief; related to Old English enge, Old High German engi narrow, Latin angere to strangle

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Other Idioms and Phrases with anger


see more in sorrow than in anger.

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