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A strong feeling of displeasure or hostility.
v. an·gered, an·ger·ing, an·gers
To make angry; enrage or provoke.
To become angry: She angers too quickly.

[Middle English, from Old Norse angr, sorrow; see angh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: anger, rage, fury, ire, wrath, resentment, indignation
These nouns denote varying degrees of marked displeasure. Anger, the most general, is strong and often heated displeasure: shook her fist in anger; retorted in anger at the insult; tried to suppress his anger over the treatment he had received.
Rage and fury imply intense, explosive, often destructive emotion: smashed the glass in a fit of rage; lashed out in fury at the lies her opponent had spread.
Ire is a term for anger most frequently encountered in literature: "The best way to escape His ire / Is, not to seem too happy" (Robert Browning).
Wrath applies especially to a powerful anger that seeks vengeance or punishment: "The public's wrath had been stirred by passage of a bill in 1816 raising representatives' pay from $6 to $15 per day" (Ronald P. Formisano).
Resentment refers to indignant smoldering anger generated by a sense of grievance: deep resentment among the workers that eventually led to a strike.
Indignation is righteous anger at something wrongful, unjust, or evil: "public indignation about takeovers causing people to lose their jobs" (Allan Sloan).


a feeling of great annoyance or antagonism as the result of some real or supposed grievance; rage; wrath
(tr) to make angry; enrage
[C12: from Old Norse angr grief; related to Old English enge, Old High German engi narrow, Latin angere to strangle]


(ˈæŋ gər)

1. a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong; wrath.
2. Obs. grief; trouble.
3. to arouse anger or wrath in.
4. to become angry.
[1150–1200; < Old Norse angra to grieve, derivative of angr grief; akin to Old High German angust, Latin angor anguish]
syn: anger, indignation, rage, fury describe deep and strong feelings aroused by injury, injustice, etc. anger is the general term for sudden violent displeasure accompanied by an impulse to retaliate: insults that provoked a burst of anger. indignation, a more formal word, implies deep and justified anger, often directed at something unworthy: The scandal aroused public indignation. rage is vehement, uncontrolled anger: rage at being fired from a job. fury is rage so great that it resembles insanity: He smashed his fist against the wall in a drunken fury.




  1. Anger … flowing out of me like lava —Diane Wakoski
  2. Anger … hard, like varnished wood —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  3. Anger … hot as sparks —Wallace Stegner
  4. Anger is a short madness —Horace
  5. Anger is as useless as the waves of the ocean without wind —Chinese proverb


  6. Anger like wind is like a stone cast into a wasp’s nest —Malabar proverb
  7. Anger like a scar disfiguring his face —William Gass
  8. Anger like grief, is a mark of weakness; both mean being wounded and wincing —Marcus Aurelius
  9. Anger … like Mississippi thunderstorms, full of noise and lightning, but once it passed, the air was cleared —Gloria Norris
  10. The anger of a meek man is like fire struck out of steel, hard to be got out, and when got out, soon gone —Matthew Henry
  11. Anger spreading through me like a malignant tumor —Isabel Allende
  12. Angers … crippling, like a fit —May Sarton
  13. The anger [of a crowd of people] shot up like an explosion —H. E. Bates
  14. Anger … smoldered within her like an unwholesome fire —Charles Dickens
  15. Anger … spreading like a fever along my shoulders and back —Philip Levine
  16. Anger standing there gleaming like a four-hundred-horsepower car you have lost your license to drive —Marge Piercy
  17. Anger surged suddenly through his body like a quick pain —Beryl Markham
  18. (His) anger was quick as a flame —Phyllis Bottome
  19. Anger welled up in him like lava —Frank Ross
  20. Angry as a hornet —George Garrett
    A variation by movie critic Rex Reed: “Angry as a ruptured hornet.”
  21. Angry as a wasp —John Heywood’s Proverbs
  22. Angry as a bear with a sore head —Stanley Weyman

    Some variations of this popular simile are “Angry as a grizzly bear with a bad tooth” and “Cross as a bear with a sore head.”

  23. Angry words fan the fire like wind —Epigram
  24. Bounced with indignation, as if she had robbed him of his reputation, of the esteem of honest people, of his humor, of something rare that was dearer to him than life —Guy De Maupassant
  25. (He was) burning like a boiler —Saul Bellow
  26. Carried on as though he had uremic poisoning —Rita Mae Brown
  27. Cold, vicious rage that covered every inch of me like a rank sweat —Jonathan Valin
  28. Come boiling out like bloodhounds —Richard Ford
  29. Could feel her fury buzzing and burrowing into the meat under my skull like a drill bit —Stephen King
  30. Die in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole —Jonathan Swift
  31. A draft of anger and deep hurt trailing her like a cheap perfume —Paul Kuttner
  32. Feel as though I had swallowed a hand grenade —Erich Maria Remarque
  33. Feeling mean … like a bull gator —Robert Campbell
  34. A feeling of rage cut him as with a sharp knife and took possession of him —Mikhail P. Arzybashev
  35. Felt furious and helpless as if she had been insulted by a child —Flannery O’Connor


  36. A fit of anger is as fatal to dignity as a dose of arsenic to life —Josiah Gilbert Holland
  37. Fumed like champagne that is fizzy —Bliss Carman
  38. Fumes like Vesuvius —Cole Porter, from “I’ve Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua,” one of the lyrics from Kiss Me Kate, the musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

    Since Porter rarely used similes, it’s natural to wonder if working on a play by as prolific a simile creator as Shakespeare inspired not just this but the several other similes in this one song.

  39. Fuming anger like a toaster with crust jammed against its heating coil —Ira Wood
  40. Furious … like a wounded bull in an arena —Dumas, Pere
  41. Fury pervading her like a bloat —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  42. Fury was running all through his blood and bones like an electric flood —Robert Campbell
  43. a crown of flowering thorn —W. D. Snodgrass

    The poem from which this simile is extracted is about a dead marriage and the narrator’s regret that his love has become a galling thing. He follows up the flowering thorn comparison with: “My love hung like a gown of lead that pulled you down.”

  44. Getting angry is like worshipping idols —L’Olam Midrash
  45. Growling like a fox in a trap —William Diehl
  46. Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned —William Congreve
  47. Her rage … dammed up regularly as water —Louise Erdrich
  48. Her resentment was like a coagulant … she felt sullen, dull, thick —Nancy Huddleston Packer
  49. He’s like a scalded cat —William Alfred
  50. He was like the mule in the story that kept running into the trees; he wasn’t blind, he was just so mad he didn’t give a damn —Rex Stout
  51. His cheeks quiver with rage —Walker Percy
  52. Hissed like an angry kettle —Herbert Lieberman
  53. (Barcaloo’s rage took about five seconds to boil up.) It was like dropping cold water into a pot of hot iron —Robert Campbell
  54. Let it [anger at wife] all come out of him, like air from a tire —Bruce Jay Friedman
  55. Like ice, anger passes away in time —Anon
  56. Mad as a bobcat —James Kirkwood
  57. Mad as a buck —William Shakespeare
  58. Mad as a bull among bumblebees —Anon
  59. Mad as a cat that’s lost a mouse —O. Henry
  60. Mad as all wrath —Anon
  61. Mad as a vexed sea —William Shakespeare
    Like many Shakespearian phrases, this one has fallen into common usage with ‘vexed’ usually changed to ‘angry.’
  62. Mad as a wet hen —American colloquialism
    A variation from George Garrett’s novel, The Finished Man: “Mad as a doused rooster.”
  63. Mad as hops —American colloquialism
    In Picturesque Expressions, Lawrence Urdang speculates that this is a twist on being ‘hopping’ mad.
  64. On the warpath [against world’s injustices] like a materialistic Don Quixote —Clarence Day
  65. Outrage which was like sediment in his stomach —Paule Marshall
  66. Outrage … worked like acid in his temper —Frank Swinnerton
  67. Puffed up with rage like a squid (my psyche let out angry ink) —Saul Bellow
  68. Rage … as infectious as fear —Christopher Isherwood
  69. Rage, as painful as a deep cut —Jean Stafford
  70. Rage … burst in the center of my mind like a black bubble of fury —Lawrence Durrell
  71. Rage sang like a coloratura doing trills —Marge Piercy
  72. Rages like a chafed bull —William Shakespeare
  73. Rage swells in me like gas —Marge Piercy
  74. Rage whistling through him like night wind on the desert —Paige Mitchell
  75. Raging back at her [an angry woman] like a typhoon —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  76. Raging like some crazed Othello —Suzi Gablik describing Marc Chagall’s behavior in review of My Life With Chagall by Virginia Haggard, New York Times Book Review, August 17, 1986
  77. (Enemy chase me) sore as a bird —The Holy Bible/Lamentations
  78. Sore as a boil —American colloquialism
  79. Sore as a crab —John Dos Passos
  80. Stammering with anger like the clucking of a hen —Émile Zola
  81. Stewing hostility and mordant self-pity … pooled like poison almost daily in his soul —Joseph Heller
  82. Tempers boil over like unwatched spaghetti —Tonita S. Gardner
  83. Turned crimson with fury —Lewis Carroll
  84. When he is angry he is like those creatures that lurk in hollow trees. His glare … causes brave men to run like scalded cats —George F. Will
    The angry man described by Will is football coach Woody Hayes.
  85. Words heat up the room like an oven with the door open —Anon

    See Also: WORD(S)

  86. The young man’s wrath is like straw of fire, but like red hot steel is the old man’s ire —Lord Byron


Past participle: angered
Gerund: angering

I anger
you anger
he/she/it angers
we anger
you anger
they anger
I angered
you angered
he/she/it angered
we angered
you angered
they angered
Present Continuous
I am angering
you are angering
he/she/it is angering
we are angering
you are angering
they are angering
Present Perfect
I have angered
you have angered
he/she/it has angered
we have angered
you have angered
they have angered
Past Continuous
I was angering
you were angering
he/she/it was angering
we were angering
you were angering
they were angering
Past Perfect
I had angered
you had angered
he/she/it had angered
we had angered
you had angered
they had angered
I will anger
you will anger
he/she/it will anger
we will anger
you will anger
they will anger
Future Perfect
I will have angered
you will have angered
he/she/it will have angered
we will have angered
you will have angered
they will have angered
Future Continuous
I will be angering
you will be angering
he/she/it will be angering
we will be angering
you will be angering
they will be angering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been angering
you have been angering
he/she/it has been angering
we have been angering
you have been angering
they have been angering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been angering
you will have been angering
he/she/it will have been angering
we will have been angering
you will have been angering
they will have been angering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been angering
you had been angering
he/she/it had been angering
we had been angering
you had been angering
they had been angering
I would anger
you would anger
he/she/it would anger
we would anger
you would anger
they would anger
Past Conditional
I would have angered
you would have angered
he/she/it would have angered
we would have angered
you would have angered
they would have angered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anger - a strong emotionanger - a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
emotion - any strong feeling
fury, rage, madness - a feeling of intense anger; "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"; "his face turned red with rage"
enragement, infuriation - a feeling of intense anger
umbrage, offense, offence - a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question"
indignation, outrage - a feeling of righteous anger
huffiness - a passing state of anger and resentment
hackles, dander - a feeling of anger and animosity; "having one's hackles or dander up"
bad temper, ill temper - a persisting angry mood
vexation, annoyance, chafe - anger produced by some annoying irritation
2.anger - the state of being angryanger - the state of being angry    
emotional arousal - the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior
rage - a state of extreme anger; "she fell into a rage and refused to answer"
3.anger - belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)anger - belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
Verb1.anger - make angryanger - make angry; "The news angered him"  
arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
combust - cause to become violent or angry; "Riots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan"
miff - cause to be annoyed; "His behavior really miffed me"
irk, gall - irritate or vex; "It galls me that we lost the suit"
infuriate, exasperate, incense - make furious
madden - make mad; "His behavior is maddening"
offend, pique - cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me"
enrage - put into a rage; make violently angry
exasperate, aggravate, exacerbate - exasperate or irritate
2.anger - become angryanger - become angry; "He angers easily"  
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
bridle - anger or take offense; "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"
steam - get very angry; "her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man"
raise the roof - get very angry; "He will raise the roof when he hears this"


1. enrage, provoke, outrage, annoy, offend, excite, irritate, infuriate, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), incense, fret, gall, madden, exasperate, nettle, vex, affront, displease, rile, pique, get on someone's nerves (informal), antagonize, get someone's back up, piss someone off (taboo slang), put someone's back up, nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), make someone's blood boil, get in someone's hair (informal), get someone's dander up (informal) The decision to allow more construction angered the residents.
enrage please, calm, soothe, appease, placate, pacify
"Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change" [Malcolm X Malcolm X Speaks]
"Anger is a short madness" [Horace Epistles]
"Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love" [George Eliot The Mill on the Floss]
"Never let the sun go down on your anger"


A strong feeling of displeasure or hostility:
1. To cause to feel or show anger:
Idioms: make one hot under the collar, make one's blood boil, put one's back up.
2. To be or become angry:
Informal: steam.
Idioms: blow a fuse, blow a gasket, blow one's stack, breathe fire, fly off the handle, get hot under the collar, hit the ceiling, lose one's temper, see red.
vredegøre vred
gera reiîanreiîi
sự giận dữ


A. Nira f
red with angerrojo de ira
to move or rouse sb to angerprovocar la ira de algn
to speak in angerhablar indignado
words spoken in angerpalabras pronunciadas en un momento de enfado (Sp), palabras pronunciadas en un momento de enojo (LAm)
B. VTenfadar (Sp), enojar (LAm)
to be easily angeredenfadarse fácilmente (Sp), enojarse fácilmente (LAm)


ncolère f
to do sth in anger → faire qch sous le coup de la colère
to raise one's voice in anger → hausser le ton
He rarely raises his voice in anger → Il hausse rarement le ton.
words spoken in anger → mots prononcés sous l'emprise de la colère anger management
vtrendre furieux/euseanger management nmaîtrise f de sa colère


nÄrger m; (= wrath: of gods etc) → Zorn m; a fit of angerein Wutanfall m, → ein Zorn(es)ausbruch m; red with angerrot vor Wut; public angeröffentliche Entrüstung; to speak/act in angerim Zorn sprechen/handeln; words spoken in angerwas man in seiner Wut or im Zorn sagt; to do something in angeretw im Zorn tun; to be filled with angerzornig or wütend sein; to provoke somebody’s angerjdn reizen; to rouse somebody to anger (liter)jdn in Wut or Rage bringen; to make one’s anger clearseinem Ärger or Unmut Luft machen
vt (stressing action) → ärgern; (stressing result) → verärgern; godserzürnen (liter); what angers me is …was mich ärgert, ist …; to be easily angeredsich schnell or leicht ärgern; (= quick to take offence)schnell verärgert sein


1. nrabbia, collera
red with anger → rosso/a per or dalla rabbia
in anger → nell'impeto della collera
2. vtfar arrabbiare
he is easily angered → si arrabbia facilmente


(ˈӕŋgə) noun
a violent, bitter feeling (against someone or something). He was filled with anger about the way he had been treated.
to make someone angry. His words angered her very much.
ˈangry adjective
1. feeling or showing anger. He was so angry that he was unable to speak; angry words; She is angry with him; The sky looks angry – it is going to rain.
2. red and sore-looking. He has an angry cut over his left eye.
ˈangrily adverb

angry at something: We were angry at the delay .
angry with someone: He is angry with his sister .


غَضَب hněv vrede Zorn θυμός ira viha colère ljutnja rabbia 怒り woede sinne złość raiva гнев ilska ความโกรธ öfke sự giận dữ 愤怒


n. ira, cólera.


n ira, enojo; — management manejo de la ira or del enojo, control m de la ira or del enojo
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Scarlet with shame and anger, Amy went to and fro six dreadful times, and as each doomed couple, looking oh, so plump and juicy, fell from her reluctant hands, a shout from the street completed the anguish of the girls, for it told them that their feast was being exulted over by the little Irish children, who were their sworn foes.
Quitzel, so the story goes, wanted to be the chief god, and when the image of a rival was set up in the temple near him, he toppled over in anger, and part of the temple went with him, the whole place being buried in ruins.
She was quick to anger, quick to laughter, and jolly from the depths of her soul.
exclaimed Heyward, undecided whether to give vent to his growing anger, or to laugh in the other's face.
Face to face with this picture, on entering the apartment, Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon came to a pause; regarding it with a singular scowl, a strange contortion of the brow, which, by people who did not know her, would probably have been interpreted as an expression of bitter anger and ill-will.
It was marvellous to observe how the ghosts of bygone meals were continually rising up before him -- not in anger or retribution, but as if grateful for his former appreciation, and seeking to repudiate an endless series of enjoyment.
He was soon at some distance from me, still breathing hard and again with the air, though now without anger for it, of being confined against his will.
Such is the subtle elasticity of the organ I treat of, that whether wielded in sport, or in earnest, or in anger, whatever be the mood it be in, its flexions are invariably marked by exceeding grace.
No doubt you would," said Merrylegs; "but then I am not quite such a fool(begging your pardon) as to anger our master or make James ashamed of me.
It was as much as a man's very life was worth to anger them, here in their inmost lair; like as not a dozen would pile on to him at once, and pound his face into a pulp.
And in those tears they all shed together, the high and the lowly, melted away all the heart-burnings and anger of the oppressed.
It does not adhere to him when asleep or in anger, or aroused by any passion or inspiration.