[ ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt ]
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  1. angry; enraged: an irate customer.

  2. arising from or characterized by anger: an irate letter to the editor.

Origin of irate

First recorded in 1830–40; from Latin īrātus, past participle of īrāscī “to be angry, get angry”; see irascible, -ate1

Other words for irate

Opposites for irate

Other words from irate

  • i·rate·ly, adverb
  • i·rate·ness, noun
  • non·i·rate, adjective
  • non·i·rate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use irate in a sentence

  • Somebodys been doing some tall lying, declared Wade irately.

  • "Tha'd be in a tight place, my fine chap, if I had my way," he flung forth irately.

    T. Tembarom | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He and the Mistress watched the two irately mumbling intruders plod out of sight up the drive.

    Lad: A Dog | Albert Payson Terhune
  • The head of the Knickerbocker family turned irately in his chair and glared at his daughters.

  • "If I had hold of the creature that scared the horse, I'd mill him," cried Tom, irately.

    A Noble Woman | Ann S. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for irate


/ (aɪˈreɪt) /

  1. incensed with anger; furious

  2. marked by extreme anger: an irate letter

Origin of irate

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

Derived forms of irate

  • irately, adverb

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