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[ ang-ger ]SEE DEFINITION OF angering

Synonyms for angering

  • aggravate
  • annoy
  • antagonize
  • arouse
  • displease
  • embitter
  • enrage
  • exacerbate
  • exasperate
  • excite
  • incense
  • inflame
  • infuriate
  • irritate
  • offend
  • outrage
  • provoke
  • rankle
  • rile
  • acerbate
  • affront
  • agitate
  • bait
  • boil
  • bristle
  • burn
  • chafe
  • craze
  • cross
  • fret
  • gall
  • goad
  • madden
  • miff
  • nettle
  • pique
  • rant
  • rave
  • ruffle
  • seethe
  • stew
  • tempt
  • umbrage
  • vex
  • blow up
  • boil over
  • burn up
  • egg on
  • get mad
  • get on one's nerves
  • lose one's temper
  • make sore
  • raise hell
  • steam up
  • stir up

Antonyms for angering

  • aid
  • alleviate
  • appease
  • bore
  • calm
  • comfort
  • compose
  • delight
  • help
  • lull
  • make happy
  • pacify
  • placate
  • please
  • quiet
  • soothe
  • tranquilize
  • assist
  • be happy
  • discourage
  • mollify
  • forbear
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She restrained herself so as not to say too much, but really it was angering her.

The frankness of John's speech, instead of angering him, pleased him much.

The next instant he banished the thought for fear of angering Getanittowit.

However, he had no idea of angering the Count, and held his peace.

And you think that Gilbert would not be afraid of angering the king?

She made appeal after appeal to her father, but with the sole effect of angering him.

Still she was silent, for the sarcasm in Erskines voice was angering her.

I could not make him see the foolish uselessness of angering the Six Nations.

It is vexing, it is angering, but it is not like death nor even sickness.

The blue of God's truth is to him an arousing, angering red.


c.1200, "to irritate, annoy, provoke," from Old Norse angra "to grieve, vex, distress; to be vexed at, take offense with," from Proto-Germanic *angus (cf. Old English enge "narrow, painful," Middle Dutch enghe, Gothic aggwus "narrow"), from PIE root *angh- "tight, painfully constricted, painful" (cf. Sanskrit amhu- "narrow," amhah "anguish;" Armenian anjuk "narrow;" Lithuanian ankstas "narrow;" Greek ankhein "to squeeze," ankhone "a strangling;" Latin angere "to throttle, torment;" Old Irish cum-ang "straitness, want"). In Middle English, also of physical pain. Meaning "excite to wrath, make angry" is from late 14c. Related: Angered; angering.