irate

[ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. iraq,
  2. iraqi,
  3. iras,
  4. irascibility,
  5. irascible,
  6. irately,
  7. irazu,
  8. irb,
  9. irbid,
  10. irbil

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

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British Dictionary definitions for irately

irate

adjective

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 irately

irate

adj.

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

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