intense anger; wrath.

Origin of ire

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin īra anger
Related formsire·less, adjective

Synonyms for ire

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

Examples from the Web for ire

Contemporary Examples of ire

Historical Examples of ire

  • They 'ave to 'ire one when they're in London so's to get about from one 'all to another.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • “You are officious and impertinent,” said I, white with ire.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • It was plain that his ire was mounting as he made sure of what was taking place.

  • With wrath and ire he rose to mete out justice to this highwayman.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • The ring in his voice told that the ire of the Scot was rising.

    The Tory Maid

    Herbert Baird Stimpson

British Dictionary definitions for ire



literary anger; wrath
Derived Formsireful, adjectiveirefully, adverbirefulness, nounireless, adjective

Word Origin for ire

C13: from Old French, from Latin īra


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for ire

c.1300, from Old French ire "anger, wrath, violence" (11c.), from Latin ira "anger, wrath, rage, passion," from PIE root *eis-, forming various words denoting "passion" cf. Greek hieros "filled with the divine, holy," oistros "gadfly," originally "thing causing madness;" Sanskrit esati "drives on," yasati "boils;" Avestan aesma "anger").

Old English irre in a similar sense is from an adjective irre "wandering, straying, angry," cognate with Old Saxon irri "angry," Old High German irri "wandering, deranged," also "angry;" Gothic airzeis "astray," and Latin errare "wander, go astray, angry" (see err (v.)).

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