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

n a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance

anger, 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 (now used only 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

n belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)

anger, ira, wrath
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deadly sin, mortal sin
an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

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