[ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt]


angry; enraged: an irate customer.
arising from or characterized by anger: an irate letter to the editor.

Origin of irate

1830–40; < Latin īrātus past participle of īrāscī to be angry, get angry; see irascible, -ate1
Related formsi·rate·ly, adverbi·rate·ness, nounnon·i·rate, adjectivenon·i·rate·ly, adverb

Synonyms for irate

1. furious, irritated, provoked.

Antonyms for irate

1. calm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for irate

Contemporary Examples of irate

Historical Examples of irate

  • He looked down at the irate red face with a calm and wondering eye.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • The judge was irate, and determined to give the intruder a set down.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • "You—you go and clean up the cellar," ordered the irate captain.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The irate Shadrach seized his steward by the collar and shook him, not too gently.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "May you be roasted on a gridiron like Saint Lawrence," gasped the irate priest.


    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for irate



incensed with anger; furious
marked by extreme angeran irate letter
Derived Formsirately, adverb

Word Origin for irate

C19: from Latin īrātus enraged, from īrascī to be angry
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

Word Origin and History for irate

1838, from Latin iratus "angry, enraged, violent, furious," past participle of irasci "grow angry," from ira "anger" (see ire).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper