Word family noun anger adjective angry verb anger adverb angrily
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishangeran‧ger1 /ˈæŋɡə $ -ər/ ●●○ W3 noun [uncountable] 1 ANGRYa strong feeling of wanting to hurt or criticize someone because they have done something bad to you or been unkind to you There is growing anger among the people against the government.anger at She struggled to control her anger at her son’s anger ‘That’s a lie!’ he shouted in anger.2 do/use something in angerCOLLOCATIONSverbsbe filled with anger/be full of angerHis face was suddenly filled with shaking with angerMy aunt was shaking with anger as she left the seething with anger (=be extremely angry)Seething with anger and frustration, Polly pushed back her chair and stood your anger (also vent your anger formal) (=show your anger)Demonstrators expressed their anger by burning American flags. hide your angerFor a second he was unable to hide his anger.control/contain your angerI could not control my anger any longer.arouse/provoke anger (also stir up anger informal) (=make people angry)The referee’s decision provoked anger among the fans.fuel anger (=make people even more angry)The row could fuel growing anger among the Labour party.somebody’s anger goes away/subsides/fades (=it stops)I counted to ten and waited for my anger to go away.His anger slowly subsided.adjectivesdeep/great/fierce angerThere is deep anger against the occupying forces.growing/rising/mounting angerThere is growing anger among drivers over the rise in fuel prices.widespread anger (=among many people)The decision to build the airport has provoked widespread anger.public/popular angerBy now public anger in America was mounting.suppressed/pent-up anger (=that you have tried not to show)Her voice shook with suppressed anger.real angerThere is real anger about the amount of money that has been wasted.righteous anger often disapproving (=anger felt when you think something should not be allowed to happen)The speech was full of righteous anger against the West.phrasesa fit/outburst of anger (=an occasion when someone suddenly becomes angry)His occasional outbursts of anger shocked those around him.a feeling of angerHe was overcome by a sudden feeling of anger against the people who had put him there. THESAURUSanger a strong emotion that you feel because someone has behaved badly or because a situation seems bad or unfairAndrea still feels a lot of anger towards her mom, who left when she was a little girl.I’ve said some things in anger that have almost cost me my marriage.annoyance slight anger or impatienceHe expressed annoyance at the way his comments had been misinterpreted.The meetings were held in secret, much to the annoyance of some members of Congress.irritation a feeling of being annoyed and impatient, especially because something keeps happening or someone keeps saying somethingHe could not hide his irritation at her persistent questioning.Unwanted sales calls are a source of irritation for many people.frustration a feeling of being annoyed, especially because you cannot do what you want or because you cannot change or control a situationYou can imagine my frustration when I found out that the next bus didn’t leave till 4 hours later. There is a growing sense of frustration over the situation in Burma.The government has expressed frustration at the slow legal process.exasperation a feeling of being very annoyed because you cannot control a situation, learn to do something, or understand something, even though you are trying very hardIsaac sighed in exasperation.Exasperation at the team’s lack of success was evident among the fans.resentment anger because you think you are being treated badly or unfairlyThe sudden increase in the numbers of immigrants has caused resentment among local people.indignation anger and surprise about an unfair situationHis voice sounded full of indignation.The scandal caused righteous indignation among opposition politicians.ill/bad feeling anger between two people because of something that has happenedI had no ill feeling towards him.rancour British English, rancor American English formal a feeling of anger and hatred towards someone who you cannot forgive because they harmed you in the pastEven though he had lost the court case, he had shown no rancour.spleen formal anger, especially anger that is unreasonableHe vented his spleen (=said why he was angry)against the airline in an article in the Times.extreme angerfury a very strong feeling of angerThe judge sparked fury when he freed a man who had attacked three women.The decision caused fury among local people.rage a very strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control or is expressed very suddenly or violentlyWhen we accused him of lying, he flew into a rage (=became very angry very suddenly).Brown killed his wife in a jealous rage.outrage extreme anger and shock because you think something is unfair or wrongThe racist comments caused outrage in India and Britain.wrath formal extreme angerPietersen was the next to incur the wrath of the referee (=make him angry).
Examples from the Corpus
angerOur family has helped us deal with the grief and anger we felt over his death.Sandra helped us deal with the grief and anger we felt over Patrick's death.A flame of pain and anger enveloped him.After the verdict the Nock family couldn't hide their sorrow and anger.But oh, what that woman did then, which even now sets me to trembling with both anger and desire.He was finding it difficult to control his anger.And I know of men who claim that they could murder in anger but never in cold blood.I've said some things in anger that have almost cost my marriage.Andrea still feels a lot of anger towards her mom, who left when she was a little girl.Faced with public anger about the Gulf war, the royal autocrat did make some concessions.And it was so much better than the anger that ruled when Sethe did or thought anything that excluded anger"It's a lie!" he shouted in anger.
angeranger2 ●●○ verb [transitive] ANGRYto make someone angry SYN annoy What angered me most was his total lack of angered by/at something Environmental groups were disappointed and angered by the president’s decision.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say something makes them angry rather than say that it angers them: I didn’t want to anger him. → I didn’t want to make him angry.→ See Verb table
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angerThe court's decision angered environmentalists.The decision to again allow logging in the area angered environmentalists.It angered him to even think about it.His failed attempts in seducing the young woman angered him to the point of incarcerating her.The police department's handling of the affair has angered many in the community.What angered me most was the Gulag searchlight exposure of oncoming vehicles.What angered me most was the way her dad went about it and her stepmum, giving her angered by/at somethingThis man has done unspeakable things; he may be angered by my appearance.If you had written that package, would you be angered by people using it without paying?Friends of Mrs Barrrie-Brown are angered by reports of an imminent sale.Some were angered by the social injustice that allowed huge inequalities in wealth and welfare within their society.Sam Behrend, executive director of Access Tucson, is angered by the survey.Blacks were angered by their treatment.And many of them were angered at what they said was a lack of information from the ferry company on replacement sailings.
Origin anger1 (1200-1300) Old Norse angr great sorrow