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irate

[ahy-reyt, ahy-reyt]
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adjective
  1. angry; enraged: an irate customer.
  2. arising from or characterized by anger: an irate letter to the editor.
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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

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1. furious, irritated, provoked.

Antonyms

1. calm.
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Examples from the Web for irately

Historical Examples

  • "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

irate

adjective
  1. incensed with anger; furious
  2. marked by extreme angeran irate letter
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Derived Formsirately, adverb

Word Origin

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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