ireful


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Related to ireful: rapturous, wretchedness

ire·ful

 (īr′fəl)
adj.
Full of ire; wrathful. See Synonyms at angry.

ire′ful·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ireful - feeling or showing extreme anger; "irate protesters"; "ireful words"
angry - feeling or showing anger; "angry at the weather"; "angry customers"; "an angry silence"; "sending angry letters to the papers"

ireful

adjective
Full of or marked by extreme anger:
Idioms: fit to be tied, foaming at the mouth, in a rage, in a towering rage.
References in classic literature ?
He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted just now; he was past youth, but had not reached middle-age; perhaps he might be thirty-five.
But the ireful, angry chief was not so easily mollified.
But as he sat still for a moment, and as he steadfastly looked into the mate's malignant eye and perceived the stacks of powder-casks heaped up in him and the slow-match silently burning along towards them; as he instinctively saw all this, that strange forbearance and unwillingness to stir up the deeper passionateness in any already ireful being --a repugnance most felt, when felt at all, by really valiant men even when aggrieved --this nameless phantom feeling, gentlemen, stole over Steelkilt.
The young, mistreated and wretched, thoroughly reduced to an insignificant entity, was occasionally beaten and spanked by Clarence, which would later develop into an ireful fantasy ritual of assassination of his abusive father, and an even earlier assertion of shooting his mother to death.
S]ee where God / Stretcheth out his arm and bends his ireful brows