Anger solves nothing, or so they say. Whether or not this is true, we all feel angry now and then. You probably already know the angry synonyms annoyed and irritated, but perhaps you’d like a more interesting range of expressions to describe this feeling? If so, read on!
Starting with an adjective that is heard mainly in UK English, cross simply means ‘angry about something’. Children often use this adjective about adults: Mr Walker gets cross if we’re late.
Other synonyms of ‘angry’ have additional meanings. For example, someone who is angry because something is wrong or not fair might be described as indignant: He became very indignant when Marie suggested he’d made a mistake.
If someone is unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment, you might describe them as aggrieved: Still, she felt aggrieved at their decision.
A new word in this area with a specific meaning is hangry, (a blend of ‘angry’ and ‘hungry’). As you might guess, this informal adjective describes someone who is feeling angry because they’re hungry: He often gets hangry just before lunch.
Sometimes words such as ‘cross’ and ‘annoyed’ aren’t enough to say how we’re feeling. We’re not angry – we’re furious (=very angry)!: He was absolutely furious with her.
We received irate phone calls from customers.
Local people are incensed at the decision.
Someone who is seething is extremely angry, although trying not to express it: You can sense this seething resentment within the party.
If you are very angry and shocked you may be said to be outraged: Am I alone in feeling outraged by his behaviour?
She was incandescent with rage.
He was apoplectic with fury.
Sometimes people suddenly become angry. A common phrase for this is lose your temper: They were behaving so badly that I lost my temper.
A more informal phrase with the same meaning is lose it: I’d had enough and I just lost it.
When he sees the mess they’ve made he’ll go ballistic.
If I see people mistreating animals, I just see red.
The kids had been arguing all day and eventually, I just lost my rag.
She hit the roof when she found out how much he’d paid for it.
A very descriptive idiom in this area is make your blood boil. A situation that makes your blood boil makes you extremely angry: It makes my blood boil when people talk to me as if I’m stupid.
Another very vivid idiom is have a face like thunder. If you have a face like thunder, you look very angry: She suddenly came into the room with a face like thunder.
Someone who is on the warpath is angry and wants to punish someone for something. This phrase is often used humorously: I’d better warn you, Gabriel’s on the warpath this morning!
Finally, a heated discussion is one in which people become angry: a heated debate
We hope that nothing makes you feel angry this week!