[ ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt ]
/ aɪˈreɪt, ˈaɪ reɪt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for irate


/ (aɪˈreɪt) /


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
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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).

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