From Middle English anger (“grief, pain, trouble, affliction, vexation, sorrow, wrath”), from Old Norse angr, ǫngr (“affliction, sorrow”) (compare Old Norse ang, ǫng (“troubled”)), from Proto-Germanic *angazaz (“grief, sorrow”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂enǵʰ- (“narrow, tied together”). Cognate with Danish anger (“regret, remorse”), Norwegian Bokmål anger (“regret, remorse”), Swedish ånger (“regret”), Icelandic angur (“trouble”), Old English ange, enge (“narrow, close, straitened, constrained, confined, vexed, troubled, sorrowful, anxious, oppressive, severe, painful, cruel”), Dutch anjer (“carnation”), German Angst (“anxiety, anguish, fear”), Latin angō (“squeeze, choke, vex”), Albanian ang (“fear, anxiety, pain, nightmare”), Avestan angra (angra, “destructive”), Ancient Greek ἄγχω (ánkhō, “I squeeze, strangle”), Sanskrit अंहु (aṃhu, “anxiety, distress”). Also compare with English anguish, anxious, quinsy, and perhaps to awe and ugly. The word seems to have originally meant “to choke, squeeze”.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæŋɡə(ɹ)/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈæŋɡɚ/
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- Rhymes: -æŋɡə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: an‧ger
- A strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or antagonism towards someone or something, usually combined with an urge to harm.
- 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […]. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.
- You need to control your anger.
- (obsolete) Pain or stinging.
- I made the experiment, setting the moxa where […] the greatest anger and soreness still continued.
- (strong feeling of antagonism):
- See also Thesaurus:anger
- (transitive) To cause such a feeling of antagonism in.
- He who angers you conquers you.
- (intransitive) To become angry.
- You anger too easily.
- (to cause anger): enrage, infuriate; annoy, vex, grill, displease; aggravate, irritate
- (to become angry): get angry (see angry for more)
anger (plural angers)
- Grief, painfulness, or discomfort; a feeling of pain or sadness.
- A trouble, affliction, or vexation; something that inflicts pain or hardship.
- Angriness, ire; the state of being angry, enraged, or wrathful.
- Indignation, spitefulness; the feeling of being wronged or treated unfairly.
- (rare) Irritableness; the state of being in a foul mood.
- Alternative form of
- “anger” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “anger” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.