What does Anger mean?

Definitions for Anger
ˈæŋ gəran·ger

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Anger.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anger, choler, irenoun

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

  2. anger, angrinessnoun

    the state of being angry

  3. wrath, anger, ire, iraverb

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

  4. angerverb

    make angry

    "The news angered him"

  5. anger, see redverb

    become angry

    "He angers easily"


  1. angernoun

    A strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or antagonism towards someone or something, usually combined with an urge to harm.

    You need to control your anger.

  2. angernoun

    Pain or stinging.

  3. angerverb

    To cause such a feeling of antagonism.

    Don't anger me.

  4. angerverb

    To become angry.

    You anger too easily.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANGERnoun

    1.Anger is uneasiness or discomposure of the mind, upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge. John Locke

    Etymology: a word of no certain etymology, but, with most probability, derived by Stephen Skinner from ange, Sax. vexed; which, however, seems to come originally from the Latin ango.

    Anger is like
    A full hot horse, who being allow’d his way,
    Self-mettle tires him. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? Habb. iii. 8.

    Anger is, according to some, a transient hatred, or at least very like it. South.

    I made the experiment, setting the moxa where the first violence of my pain began, and where the greatest anger and soreness still continued, notwithstanding the swelling of my foot. William Temple, Miscellanies.

  2. To Angerverb

    To make angry; to provoke; to enrage.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Who would anger the meanest artisan, which carrieth a good mind? Richard Hooker, b. iv. § 12.

    Sometimes he angers me,
    With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    There were some late taxes and impositions introduced, which rather angered than grieved the people. Edward Hyde.

    It anger’d Turenne, once upon a day,
    To see a footman kick’d that took his pay. Alexander Pope, Dial. ii.


  1. Anger

    Anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat.A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion which triggers part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force. The English word originally comes from the term anger from the Old Norse language.Anger can have many physical and mental consequences. The external expression of anger can be found in facial expressions, body language, physiological responses, and at times public acts of aggression. Facial expressions can range from inward angling of the eyebrows to a full frown. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them", psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability.Modern psychologists view anger as a normal, natural, and mature emotion experienced by virtually all humans at times, and as something that has functional value for survival. Uncontrolled anger can negatively affect personal or social well-being and negatively impact those around them. While many philosophers and writers have warned against the spontaneous and uncontrolled fits of anger, there has been disagreement over the intrinsic value of anger. The issue of dealing with anger has been written about since the times of the earliest philosophers, but modern psychologists, in contrast to earlier writers, have also pointed out the possible harmful effects of suppressing anger.


  1. anger

    Anger is an intense emotional response or feeling often caused by real or perceived injustice, issues, frustration, or threat. It is associated with irritation, hostility, aggression, and antagonistic behavior, and can vary in intensity from mild annoyance to intense fury or rage. Anger often triggers physiological responses such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and adrenaline levels. It is a natural emotion but can become problematic if not managed effectively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Angernoun

    trouble; vexation; also, physical pain or smart of a sore, etc

  2. Angernoun

    a strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism, excited by a real or supposed injury or insult to one's self or others, or by the intent to do such injury

  3. Angerverb

    to make painful; to cause to smart; to inflame

  4. Angerverb

    to excite to anger; to enrage; to provoke

  5. Etymology: [Cf. Icel. angra.]


  1. Anger

    Anger is an emotion related to one's psychological interpretation of having been offended, wronged, or denied and a tendency to react through retaliation. Sheila Videbeck describes anger as a normal emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation. Raymond Novaco of UC Irvine, who since 1975 has published a plethora of literature on the subject, stratified anger into three modalities: cognitive, somatic-affective, and behavioral. William DeFoore, an anger-management writer, described anger as a pressure cooker: we can only apply pressure against our anger for a certain amount of time until it explodes. Anger may have physical correlates such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as part of the fight or flight brain response to the perceived threat of harm. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force. The English term originally comes from the term anger of Old Norse language. Anger can have many physical and mental consequences.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anger

    ang′ger, n. a strong emotion excited by a real or fancied injury, and involving a desire for retaliation.—v.t. to make angry: to irritate.—adj. An′gerless.—advs. An′gerly, a 17th-cent. form (still used in an archaic sense) for Angrily; Ang′rily.—n. Ang′riness.—adj. Ang′ry, excited with anger: inflamed: lowering. [Ice. angr; allied to Anguish.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. anger

    1. A violent blushing and scampering up and down of the blood upon hearing the truth about ourselves; an epileptic condition produced by the presentation of a bill that is not yet due, just due, or overdue. A sudden tumescence of the ego and a furious exaltation of verbal powers upon losing a collar-button. 2. Before election, the righteous wrath of a candidate in the presence of evils that he has invented; after election-day, his wail in the presence of the grave he did not dig. _E. g._, The devil (taking final leave of the Lord): "I am in anger with thee, Sire." The Lord: "For thee, son, 't will be a long time between heavens. So go to Hell and take thine Anger with thee."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Anger

    A strong emotional feeling of displeasure aroused by being interfered with, injured or threatened.

Editors Contribution

  1. ANGER

    Anger is a Negative emotion that Generally impacts on our Emotional as well as Real approach.

    Submitted by rinat on February 23, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ANGER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Anger is ranked #14913 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Anger surname appeared 1,985 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Anger.

    91.4% or 1,815 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 70 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.1% or 62 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 23 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Anger' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2932

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Anger' in Nouns Frequency: #1283

Anagrams for Anger »

  1. Negar

  2. range

  3. Regan

  4. regna

  5. renga

  6. grane

  7. areng

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Anger in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Anger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Anger in a Sentence

  1. Asif Mir grief-stricken father:

    They have caused a lot of fear, there is a lot of anger amongst the people about what they have done.

  2. Joseph Owens:

    The soldiers who have talked to me, I've experienced a lot of anger.

  3. Viola Davis:

    I spent so many years at Juilliard just wanting to beat somebody up, i think it was the height of my anger; that chip on my shoulder. I'm still trying to take care of that chip on my shoulder, by the way. It was mainly because I felt my voice as an artist was being stifled.

  4. Scott Walker:

    It's more of a matter how you live your life, i hope that people whether they agree or disagree of what I did over the last four years as governor and see even in the most challenging times, I try not to respond. I didn't lash out in anger. I didn't attack people whether you agree or disagree with me.

  5. Thomas Filingeri:

    It's so sad that anger against the innocent and those without fault is the new norm today.

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  • Richard B. L. Fowler
    Richard B. L. Fowler
    My own definition with the help of those provided above.
    Anger is the passionate emotional disappointment arising from unmet expectations of self or others displayed in varying degrees from annoyance to rage. In all cases it is under the control of the person experiencing the emotion and can be displayed to the level felt appropriate by that person from a minor expression of disdain to a sudden catastrophic outburst in rage and fury. 
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