- The definition of irate is being extremely angry.
An example of someone who is irate is a person who just found out that her entire project was destroyed overnight.
A man gets irate at his computer.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: L iratus from irasci, to be angry from ira, ire
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- Extremely angry; enraged. See Synonyms at angry.
- Characterized or occasioned by anger: an irate phone call.
Origin: Latin īrātus, past participle of īrāscī, to be angry, from īra, anger; see eis- in Indo-European roots.
- i·rateˈly adverb
- i·rateˈness noun