[in-fyoo r-ee-ey-ting]


causing or tending to cause anger or outrage; maddening: His delay is infuriating.

Origin of infuriating

First recorded in 1880–85; infuriate + -ing2
Related formsin·fu·ri·at·ing·ly, adverb


[verb in-fyoor-ee-eyt; adjective in-fyoor-ee-it]

verb (used with object), in·fu·ri·at·ed, in·fu·ri·at·ing.

to make furious; enrage.


Archaic. infuriated.

Origin of infuriate

1660–70; < Medieval Latin infuriātus past participle of infuriāre to madden, enrage. See in-2, fury, -ate1
Related formsin·fu·ri·ate·ly, adverbin·fu·ri·a·tion, nounun·in·fu·ri·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms for infuriate

1. anger. See enrage. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for infuriating

aggravate, exasperate, incense, enrage, rile, irritate, anger, provoke, madden, ire, umbrage

Examples from the Web for infuriating

Contemporary Examples of infuriating

Historical Examples of infuriating

  • And then visions of their happiness passed before his eyes, infuriating him.

  • It was infuriating, but there just was nothing that could be done about it.

  • She knew she had lied, but to be told so by this man was infuriating.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • And his words to the host and hostess began with the infuriating, formal: "I regret—"

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • In certain moods the merest contact is as infuriating as a blow.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

British Dictionary definitions for infuriating


verb (ɪnˈfjʊərɪˌeɪt)

(tr) to anger; annoy

adjective (ɪnˈfjʊərɪɪt)

archaic furious; infuriated
Derived Formsinfuriately, adverbinfuriating, adjectiveinfuriatingly, adverbinfuriation, noun

Word Origin for infuriate

C17: from Medieval Latin infuriāre (vb); see in- ², fury
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Word Origin and History for infuriating



1660s, from Italian infuriato, from Medieval Latin infuriatus, past participle of infuriare "to madden," from Latin in furia "in a fury," from ablative of furia (see fury). Related: Infuriated; infuriating; infuriatingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper