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«Angry Words»: how to speak in English about anger

We’ve all been there … Or, in Russian, we all went through it. This happens rarely or often, but happens to everyone: we are angry (we get angry), or come out of themselves (lose our temper). Today we look at the words and phrases that will help us to express their negative emotions in English. After all, you see, this collection of words is very helpful and useful to all.

Something takes you out of yourself (makes your blood boil), you feel a growing anger (mounting anger) or simmer with rage (seething with rage)? Sometimes we go too emotional (highly emotional), wanting to immediately respond sharply (give a sharp answer). After that we can have a sad face (a face as long as a fiddle), or we can look down in the mouth (look down in the drums). Immediately comes the realization that the nerves no good (to be a nervous wreck).

Adjectives of anger in English

In case you are still angry, let us learn the top ten adjectives that express your emotions at that moment.

  1. Annoyed (about / at / by / with) — irritated.

    Our teacher got annoyed with us for not having prepared our homework. — Our teacher was annoyed at us because we did not prepare homework.

  2. Disgusted (at / by / with) — disgusted.

    We felt disgusted at him after his last scurvy trick. — We were disgusted to him after his latest nefarious antics.

  3. Frustrated (at / with) — frustrated.

    I never get frustrated when I get into a traffic jam. — I never get upset if they get stuck in traffic.

  4. Furious (about / at / with) — enraged, furious.

    She was furious with us for leaving the kids near open fire. — She was furious because the children left near an open flame.

  5. Incensed (at / by / with) — angry.

    The mayor was incensed at his subordinates because they had not prepared his speech for press conference. — The mayor was angry with his subordinates, because they did not prepare his speech for the press conference.

  6. Irritated (at / by / with) — irritated (by value more than annoyed).

    We all got irritated by our neighbours’ loud party. — We’ve all been frustrated because of the loud partying of our neighbors.

  7. Outraged (at / with) — disturbed something.

    Entrepreneurs were outraged at the latest changes in taxation. — Entrepreneurs were outraged by the latest changes in taxation.

  8. Pissed off (about / at / with) — irritated; one who «get» (informal).

    She was pissed off at his habit to leave socks under the sofa. — It «took» his habit of leaving socks under the bed.

  9. Resentful (against / at) — offended, outraged.

    Terry was resentful at his superior for taking credit for his project. — Terry was hurt on his head, because he appropriated his achievements in the project.

Idioms of anger in English

And now let’s learn some idiomatic expressions can be used to display anger.

Idiom Translation
Like a bear with sore head Very angry, furious
To be cheesed off An angry, fed up
To be steamed up Boiling anger, indignant
To come down like a ton of bricks Collapsed / pounce on someone
To go ballistic To come into a rage
To go off the deep end To come into a rage, losing control
To go postal Infuriate
To go through the roof Fired up to come into a rage
To jump down someone’s throat Smash, «muzzle»
To see red Losing self-control, angry
To try someone’s patience Testing someone’s patience

After seeing my last report my boss went ballistic. — After the chief saw my last report, he was furious.

I never try my mother’s patience and come home before 11.00 pm. — I never try the patience of my mother, and I come home at 11.00 pm.

He’s been very touchy lately, jumping down my throat every time I express my opinion. — He’s very touchy lately, I do not say a word to me every time I express my opinion.

Phrasal verbs of anger in English

Now let’s see a video about the «evil» of phrasal verbs.

Cause. Reason

  • Get to smb — annoying touch.
  • Wind smb up — touch.
  • Piss smb off — «get» annoying.
  • Work smb up — «finish», angry.
  • Tick ​​smb off — «get», «to play on the nerves.»

Result. The result is a consequence of

  • Blow up — to lose his temper, temper.
  • Freak out — mad, mad.
  • Lash out at smb — to lash out at someone.
  • Fly into a rage — to get out of yourself, to come into a rage.
  • Calm down — calm.
  • Chill out — complacent.

But no matter how strong was your anger, you should always be able to cope with them (to control yourself / not to lose control of yourself) and live together (live in peace and friendship). After all, no wonder they say that anger — is an ideal opportunity to utter the most impassioned speech in your life that you regret later.

I hope that our article was useful for you, and now you’re ready to test your knowledge by doing a quick test.



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