[ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt]
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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

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1. furious, irritated, provoked.

Antonyms for irate

1. calm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of irately

  • "To cut your throat, you hang-dog scoundrel," said Sampson, irately.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

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

    A Noble Woman

    Ann S. Stephens

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

  • The King was in the dining-hall, in dressing-gown and slippers, irately calling for his breakfast!

  • "Eustace pinched my bare leg," Peter said irately, wriggling to the ground in order to avenge himself.

    Queensland Cousins

    Eleanor Luisa Haverfield

British Dictionary definitions for irately


  1. incensed with anger; furious
  2. 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 irately



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