Ire is another word for "anger." So if you routinely steal your neighbor's newspaper, don't be surprised to be on the receiving end of his ire.

Ire comes almost directly from the Latin word for anger, ira. While it means pretty much the same thing, ire usually stems from a specific grievance, rather than just general irritation with the world. And if you provoke someone's ire, you're probably going to feel their wrath. Shakespeare used both ire and anger in one famous sentence from his play "Pericles": "Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven!"

Definitions of ire
  1. noun
    anger; irritability
    synonyms: anger, bile, choler
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    fury, madness, rage
    a feeling of intense anger
    enragement, infuriation
    a feeling of intense anger
    offence, offense, umbrage
    a feeling of anger caused by being offended
    indignation, outrage
    a feeling of righteous anger
    a passing state of anger and resentment
    dander, hackles
    a feeling of anger and animosity
    bad temper, ill temper
    a persisting angry mood
    annoyance, chafe, vexation
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
    dudgeon, high dudgeon
    a feeling of intense indignation (usually used in the phrase 'in high dudgeon')
    intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
    a state of fury so great the face becomes discolored
    irritation, pique, temper
    a sudden outburst of anger
    a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized
    aggravation, exasperation
    an exasperated feeling of annoyance
    harassment, torment
    a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
    the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something
    irascibility, quick temper, short temper, spleen
    a feeling of resentful anger
    conniption, fit, scene, tantrum
    a display of bad temper
    type of:
    any strong feeling
  2. noun
    belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    synonyms: anger, ira, wrath
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    deadly sin, mortal sin
    an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
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