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Language tip of the week: words that mean ‘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.

Over the past few months we have looked at words and phrases that describe communication. The next 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 angry.

He is very angry about the contents of the letter. ♦ Are you angry with me? ♦ The speech provoked an angry response. 
mad angry. Mad is an informal word and is never used before a noun in this meaning. It is more common in American English than in British English. British speakers usually say mad with, American speakers say mad at:
My boss was mad with me for missing the meeting. ♦ Someone is going to be mad at us no matter what we do. ♦ I don’t know what the matter is, but she looks really mad. ♦ People are hopping mad about the changes.
exasperated annoyed and impatient because things are not happening in the way that you want or people are not doing what you want them to do:
He sighed, clearly exasperated that something so obvious should require an explanation. ♦ Business travellers want a quick and smart service, and if they don’t get it they will become exasperated.
in a temper in an angry state, especially when there is no obvious reason for this:
He doesn’t mean half the things he says when he is in a temper. ♦ Joe was in a foul temper this morning.

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

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