English Vocabulary Builder – “Angry” and Related Words

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The angry, bitter man had enough of the little dog’s barking. He was furious and went to confront the dog’s owner. The owner took offense at the complaints directed at her precious pet and became hot under the collar. She told the fuming man that she was tired of his irascible temper and his constant raging. These accusations only infuriated the man further, and convulsed with rage, he stormed off to call the dogcatcher.

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After starting out the first installment of the English Vocabulary Builder with the word “happy,” it is time to go to the opposite extreme. Today’s featured words take a look at “anger” and other related terms. This intense emotion is a normal and everyone will experience it to various degrees throughout the course of a lifetime. The American Psychological Association offers helpful guidelines in dealing with anger should it become too much.

In the meantime, the following definitions can be found in Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary:

anger – a strong feeling of displeasure

angry – feeling or showing anger


rage – violent and uncontrolled anger

raging – causing great pain or distress

enrage – to fill with rage, anger


fury – intense, disordered, destructive rage

furious – exhibiting or goaded by anger

infuriate – to make furiously angry


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indignation – anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean

irate – arising from anger

irascible – to become or be angry, marked by a hot temper

fiery – easily provoked or irritable

offend – to cause dislike, anger, or vexation

incense – to arouse extreme anger or indignation

inflame – to cause to redden or grow hot from anger

madden – to make intensely angry

rankle – to cause or feel anger, irritation, or deep bitterness

cross – marked by transitory bad temper, grumpy

vex – to bring trouble, distress or agitation to

fume – a state of irritation, or anger

rabid – extremely violent or furious

savage – to attack or treat brutally

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Phrases and words used to indicate anger:

take offense

hot blooded


hot under the collar

convulsed with rage

blind with rage

storm off – to walk away in anger

These slang words and phrases are commonly used in American English to indicate when one feels angry:

pisses off, pissed offWhen she takes my keys without asking, it really pisses me off.

madJerry shouldn’t get so mad when that happens.

tee’dTaina was tee’d when she wasn’t invited to the concert.

torqued Chen became torqued when he discovered his bike stolen.

heated Heated over the reduction in pay, Paul quit his job.


Written by Marlene Martzke for English Classes by Skype


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