[ ahyuhr ]
/ aɪər /


intense anger; wrath.

Nearby words

  1. irbid,
  2. irbil,
  3. irbm,
  4. irc,
  5. ird,
  6. ire.,
  7. iredell,
  8. iredell, james,
  9. ireful,
  10. irefully

Origin of ire

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin īra anger

Related formsire·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ire


/ (aɪə) /


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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