ire
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /aɪɹ/
  • (British) IPA: /aɪ.ə(ɹ)/
Noun

ire

  1. (obsolete) Iron.
    • the cruel ire, red as any gleed
Noun

ire (uncountable)

  1. (literary, poetic) Great anger; wrath; keen resentment.
    • , The Knight's Tale.
      That lord is now of Thebes the Citee,
      Fulfild of ire and of iniquitee,
      He, for despit and for his tirannye,
      To do the dede bodyes vileynye,
      Of alle oure lordes, whiche that been slawe,
      Hath alle the bodyes on an heep ydrawe,
      And wol nat suffren hem, by noon assent,
      Neither to been yburyed nor ybrent.
    • She lik'd not his desire; Fain would be free, but dreaded parents' ire.
    • , Confessio Amantis
      "My good father, tell me this;
      "What thing is ire?
      Sonne, it is That in our English wrath is hote."
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      If I digg'd up thy forefathers graves, And hung their rotten coffins up in chains, It could not slake mine ire, nor ease my heart.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Or Neptune's ire, or Juno's, that so long Perplex'd the Greek and Cytherea's son.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      The sentence, from thy head remov'd, may light On me, sole cause to thee of all this woe; Me! me! only just object of his ire.
    • For this th' avenging pow'r employs his darts, And empties all his quiver in our hearts; Thus will persist, relentless in his ire, 'Till the fair slave be render'd to her sire
Synonyms Related terms Translations Verb

ire (ires, present participle iring; past and past participle ired)

  1. (transitive) To anger; to fret; to irritate.

IRE
Proper noun
  1. (sports) Abbreviation of Ireland#English|Ireland. Republic of Ireland

IrE
Proper noun
  1. (linguistics) Abbreviation of Irish English#English|Irish English.



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