This lesson will help you define furious, rage, temper, frustration, outrage, gripe, annoyance, boiling point, tantrum, resentment , bugbear and irritation.

furious  adjective  very angry

  • Of course I am furious. He said 20 seconds, not 15!

(a) rage  noun  strong violent anger

  • He called me an idiot, so I went into a rage!

(–) temper  uncountable  noun someone who has a temper becomes angry very quickly

  • Don’t speak to me like that or I will lose my temper.

(a) frustration  noun  the negative feeling you get when you are stopped from doing what you want

  • My frustration is growing – I just want to leave.

(an) outrage  noun  a strong feeling of anger at something you feel is wrong

  • This is an outrage. How could you say that he’s innocent!?

(a) gripe  noun  a complaint about something that is annoying but not very important

  • I have a gripe – there is no coffee machine?

(an) annoyance  noun  a slightly angry feeling

  • You are an annoyance – please sit down.

(–) boiling point  uncountable  noun the moment when a situation becomes more serious because people start to feel very angry

  • Everybody looked at him. It was clear the boiling point had been reached.

(a) tantrum  noun  a sudden and uncontrolled explosion of anger, especially in a young child

  • If I go into a tantrum I might use this.

(–) resentment  uncountable noun  an angry unhappy feeling that you have when you think you have been treated badly

  • They weren’t speaking to each other – resentment had filled the room.

(a) bugbear  noun  something that keeps annoying you

  • Henry’s biggest bugbear were the two men sitting on his left.

(an) irritation  noun  something that makes you feel slightly angry, especially for a long period of time

  • His silent stare was only a small irritation for his colleagues.

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