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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: "[He] was arrested and was spared the awful wrath of my pistol-whipping uncles" (Maya Angelou).
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).
- Anger … flowing out of me like lava —Diane Wakoski
- Anger … hard, like varnished wood —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
- Anger … hot as sparks —Wallace Stegner
- Anger is a short madness —Horace
- Anger is as useless as the waves of the ocean without wind —Chinese proverb
- Anger like wind is like a stone cast into a wasp’s nest —Malabar proverb
- Anger like a scar disfiguring his face —William Gass
- Anger like grief, is a mark of weakness; both mean being wounded and wincing —Marcus Aurelius
- Anger … like Mississippi thunderstorms, full of noise and lightning, but once it passed, the air was cleared —Gloria Norris
- 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
- Anger spreading through me like a malignant tumor —Isabel Allende
- Angers … crippling, like a fit —May Sarton
- The anger [of a crowd of people] shot up like an explosion —H. E. Bates
- Anger … smoldered within her like an unwholesome fire —Charles Dickens
- Anger … spreading like a fever along my shoulders and back —Philip Levine
- Anger standing there gleaming like a four-hundred-horsepower car you have lost your license to drive —Marge Piercy
- Anger surged suddenly through his body like a quick pain —Beryl Markham
- (His) anger was quick as a flame —Phyllis Bottome
- Anger welled up in him like lava —Frank Ross
- Angry as a hornet —George Garrett
A variation by movie critic Rex Reed: “Angry as a ruptured hornet.”
- Angry as a wasp —John Heywood’s Proverbs
- 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.”
- Angry words fan the fire like wind —Epigram
- 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
- (He was) burning like a boiler —Saul Bellow
- Carried on as though he had uremic poisoning —Rita Mae Brown
- Cold, vicious rage that covered every inch of me like a rank sweat —Jonathan Valin
- Come boiling out like bloodhounds —Richard Ford
- Could feel her fury buzzing and burrowing into the meat under my skull like a drill bit —Stephen King
- Die in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole —Jonathan Swift
- A draft of anger and deep hurt trailing her like a cheap perfume —Paul Kuttner
- Feel as though I had swallowed a hand grenade —Erich Maria Remarque
- Feeling mean … like a bull gator —Robert Campbell
- A feeling of rage cut him as with a sharp knife and took possession of him —Mikhail P. Arzybashev
- Felt furious and helpless as if she had been insulted by a child —Flannery O’Connor
See Also: HELPLESSNESS
- A fit of anger is as fatal to dignity as a dose of arsenic to life —Josiah Gilbert Holland
- Fumed like champagne that is fizzy —Bliss Carman
- 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.
- Fuming anger like a toaster with crust jammed against its heating coil —Ira Wood
- Furious … like a wounded bull in an arena —Dumas, Pere
- Fury pervading her like a bloat —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
- Fury was running all through his blood and bones like an electric flood —Robert Campbell
- Gall..like 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.”
- Getting angry is like worshipping idols —L’Olam Midrash
- Growling like a fox in a trap —William Diehl
- Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned —William Congreve
- Her rage … dammed up regularly as water —Louise Erdrich
- Her resentment was like a coagulant … she felt sullen, dull, thick —Nancy Huddleston Packer
- He’s like a scalded cat —William Alfred
- 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
- His cheeks quiver with rage —Walker Percy
- Hissed like an angry kettle —Herbert Lieberman
- (Barcaloo’s rage took about five seconds to boil up.) It was like dropping cold water into a pot of hot iron —Robert Campbell
- Let it [anger at wife] all come out of him, like air from a tire —Bruce Jay Friedman
- Like ice, anger passes away in time —Anon
- Mad as a bobcat —James Kirkwood
- Mad as a buck —William Shakespeare
- Mad as a bull among bumblebees —Anon
- Mad as a cat that’s lost a mouse —O. Henry
- Mad as all wrath —Anon
- Mad as a vexed sea —William Shakespeare
Like many Shakespearian phrases, this one has fallen into common usage with ‘vexed’ usually changed to ‘angry.’
- Mad as a wet hen —American colloquialism
A variation from George Garrett’s novel, The Finished Man: “Mad as a doused rooster.”
- Mad as hops —American colloquialism
In Picturesque Expressions, Lawrence Urdang speculates that this is a twist on being ‘hopping’ mad.
- On the warpath [against world’s injustices] like a materialistic Don Quixote —Clarence Day
- Outrage which was like sediment in his stomach —Paule Marshall
- Outrage … worked like acid in his temper —Frank Swinnerton
- Puffed up with rage like a squid (my psyche let out angry ink) —Saul Bellow
- Rage … as infectious as fear —Christopher Isherwood
- Rage, as painful as a deep cut —Jean Stafford
- Rage … burst in the center of my mind like a black bubble of fury —Lawrence Durrell
- Rage sang like a coloratura doing trills —Marge Piercy
- Rages like a chafed bull —William Shakespeare
- Rage swells in me like gas —Marge Piercy
- Rage whistling through him like night wind on the desert —Paige Mitchell
- Raging back at her [an angry woman] like a typhoon —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- 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
- (Enemy chase me) sore as a bird —The Holy Bible/Lamentations
- Sore as a boil —American colloquialism
- Sore as a crab —John Dos Passos
- Stammering with anger like the clucking of a hen —Émile Zola
- Stewing hostility and mordant self-pity … pooled like poison almost daily in his soul —Joseph Heller
- Tempers boil over like unwatched spaghetti —Tonita S. Gardner
- Turned crimson with fury —Lewis Carroll
- 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.
- Words heat up the room like an oven with the door open —Anon
See Also: WORD(S)
- 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
|Noun||1.||anger - 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"
umbrage, offense, offence - a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question"
huffiness - a passing state of anger and resentment
|2.||anger - 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)|
|Verb||1.||anger - 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"
madden - make mad; "His behavior is maddening"
enrage - put into a rage; make violently angry
|2.||anger - 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"
rage liking, peace, pleasure, approval, acceptance, patience, goodwill, forgiveness, gratification, calmness, amiability
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"
red with anger → rojo de ira
to move or rouse sb to anger → provocar la ira de algn
to speak in anger → hablar indignado
words spoken in anger → palabras pronunciadas en un momento de enfado (Sp), palabras pronunciadas en un momento de enojo (LAm)
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
angry with someone: He is angry with his sister .