1. Trouble; vexation; also, physical pain or smart of a sore, etc. I made the experiment, setting the moxa where . . . The greatest anger and soreness still continued. (Temple)
2. 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. Anger is like a full hot horse, who being allowed his way, self-mettle tires him. (Shak)
Synonym: resentment, wrath, rage, fury, passion, ire gall, choler, indignation, displeasure, vexation, grudge, spleen.
anger, Indignation, resentment, Wrath, Ire, rage, fury. Anger is a feeling of keen displeasure (usually with a desire to punish) for what we regard as wrong toward ourselves or others. It may be excessive or misplaced, but is not necessarily criminal. Indignation is a generous outburst of anger in view of things which are indigna, or unworthy to be done, involving what is mean, cruel, flagitious, etc, in character or conduct. Resentment is often a moody feeling, leading one to brood over his supposed personal wrongs with a deep and lasting anger. See resentment. Wrath and ire (the last poetical) express the feelings of one who is bitterly provoked. Rage is a vehement ebullition of anger; and fury is an excess of rage, amounting almost to madness. Warmth of constitution often gives rise to anger; a high sense of honor creates indignation at crime; a man of quick sensibilities is apt to cherish resentment; the wrath and ire of men are often connected with a haughty and vindictive spirit; rage and fury are distempers of the soul to be regarded only with abhorrence.
Origin: oe. Anger, angre, affliction, anger, fr. Icel. Angr affliction, sorrow; akin to dan. Anger regret, Swed. Anger regret, as. Ange oppressed, sad, L. Angor a strangling, anguish, angere to strangle, gr. To strangle, Skr. Amhas pain, and to. Anguish, anxious, quinsy, and perh. Awe, ugly. The word seems to have orig. Meant to choke, squeeze.