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Language tip of the week: feeling extremely angry

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore different ways to talk about emotions. This week’s tip looks at words and phrases you can use instead of angry to talk about feeling extremely angry.



furious extremely angry:
The judge’s comments provoked a furious public response. ♦ Dad was furious with me for damaging the car. ♦ Democrats are furious at what they see as Republican duplicity. ♦ Our members are absolutely furious about what he has said.
irate very angry, especially because you are offended by something, or because you think someone has not been doing their job properly:
‘The education department has been shirking its duty,’ an irate mother said. ♦ Many irate customers were unable to get through to find out when they would be reconnected.
livid so angry that you find it difficult to control yourself. Livid is not usually used before a noun:
I’m absolutely livid about it.
seething feeling very angry but trying not to show your feelings:
She was still seething when she got into the car.
in a rage so angry that you cannot control yourself:
She stormed out of the house in a rage. ♦ He killed her in a fit of rage.

Other words that mean extremely angry include enraged and incensed.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘very angry‘.

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