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anger

[ang-ger]
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noun
  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.
  3. Obsolete. grief; trouble.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to arouse anger or wrath in.
  2. Chiefly British Dialect. to cause to smart; inflame.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
Related formsan·ger·less, adjectiveun·an·gered, adjective

Synonyms

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1. resentment, exasperation; choler, bile, spleen. 4. displease, vex, irritate, exasperate, infuriate, enrage, incense, madden.

Synonym study

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.
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  • She restrained herself so as not to say too much, but really it was angering her.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • The frankness of John's speech, instead of angering him, pleased him much.

    For the Temple

    G. A. Henty

  • The next instant he banished the thought for fear of angering Getanittowit.

    Running Fox

    Elmer Russell Gregor

  • However, he had no idea of angering the Count, and held his peace.

    The King of Alsander

    James Elroy Flecker

  • And you think that Gilbert would not be afraid of angering the king?


British Dictionary definitions for angering

anger

noun
  1. a feeling of great annoyance or antagonism as the result of some real or supposed grievance; rage; wrath
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verb
  1. (tr) to make angry; enrage
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Word Origin

C12: from Old Norse angr grief; related to Old English enge, Old High German engi narrow, Latin angere to strangle
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Word Origin and History for angering

anger

v.

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.

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anger

n.

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."

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Idioms and Phrases with angering

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