Tuesday, October 23, 2012

103 Synonyms for ANGER or ANGRY

Sometimes certain words keep popping up in your manuscript and you wish there were other forms of the word you could substitute. Or maybe you’re looking for a more specific term for the basic word you have in mind. Well, if the word you’re using is ANGER or ANGRY, here are 103 useful alternatives:

    1. Acrid: extremely harsh (or an unpleasant taste or smell)
    2. Acrimonious: harshly unpleasant
    3. Aggravated: angrily agitated
    4. Angered: made angry
    5. Annoyed: angry about being disturbed
     6. Antagonistic: angrily opposed
    7. Antipathetic: expressing aggression or aversion
    8. Apoplectic: violently angry, from the word apoplexy, meaning having a stroke
    9. Ballistic: explosively angry, from the word meaning projectile flight
    10. Bellicose: aggressively angry, from the synonym for warlike
    11. Belligerent: see bellicose
    12. Bent out of shape: as in stooped over while screaming
    13. Beside oneself: seeming out of character
    14. Bitter: resentful
    15. Blue in the face: see frustrated, from the idea of facial discoloration caused by extreme emotion
    16. Boiling: extremely angry, meaning being agitated like heated water
    17. Bristling: defensively angry, like an animal’s hair bristling as it responds to a threat
    18. Burning: extremely angry, from the body overheating due to intense feeling
    19. Caustic: cruelly angry, or sarcastic
    20. Chagrin: distress caused by humiliation or failure
    21. Cheesed off: see frustrated (also “bored” or “disgusted”)
    22. Choleric: easily angered
    23. Churlish: disrespectfully angry
    24. Cold: emotionally remote anger
    25. Contrary: uncooperatively angry
    26. Cool: angry but emotions are held in check
    27. Cross
    28. Disgruntlement: ill-humored or discontented
    29. Discontent
    30. Displeasure
    31. Embittered: made upset
    32. Enraged: violently angry
    33. Exasperated: see frustrated
    34. Fired up: see hot
    35. Fit to be tied: extremely angry, suggesting that the angry person should be restrained
    36. Flare up: so angry you might turn into fire
    37. Fly off the handle: refers to loose ax head flying off the handle when swung
    38. Foaming: so angry as to suggest insanity caused by hydrophobia (rabies), as in foaming at the mouth is symptomatic of the disease
    39. Frustrated: upset due to obstacles or challenges
    40. Fuming: extremely angry, from the association of a volcano or other heated natural phenomenon
    41. Fury: destructive rage; refers to mythic Furies (avenging Greek deities who torment criminals and inflict plagues)
    42. Furious: intensely angry
    43. Galled: fret or wear by friction; become sore from rubbing
    44. Go berserk: ancient Scandinavian warrior frenzied in battle and held to be invulnerable
    45. Going crook: losing one’s temper
    46. Hopping: jumping up and down to express anger
    47. Hopping mad: see hopping
    48. Horn-mad: extremely angry
    49. Hostile: actively intimidating, unfriendly, or resistant
    50. Hot: physical discomfort caused by anger
    51. Hot under the collar: see hot
    52. Icy: see cold
    53. Impassioned 
    54. In a lather: referring to ‘lathering at the mouth’ from Rabies
    55. In high dudgeon: state of indignation
    56. Incensed: see indignant
    57. Indignant: angry because of a real or perceived slight or unjust attack
    58. Inflamed: see hot
    59. Infuriated: see furious
    60. Incense: set on fire
    61. Irascibility: easily provoked anger
    62. Irate: see furious
    63. Ireful: see irate
    64. Irk: irritate
    65. Livid: intensely angry to the point of being unable to control oneself (livid, however, can also mean “bruised,” “pale,” or “colorful,” with the second sense associated with pain, shock, or fear)
    66. Mad: insane or crazy; also used to mean angry as in unable to think clearly due to madness
    67. Malcontent: displeased
    68. Outraged: angry about an offense
    69. Passionate: easily angered
    70. Peeve: resentful
    71. Perturbed: upset (or confused)
    72. Pissed off: aggravated
    73. Piqued: aroused through provocation
    74. Provoke: arouse to feeling or action
    75. Rabid: see foaming
    76. Raging: see furious
    77. Rancorous: malevolently angry
    78. Rankled: resentful
    79. Ranting: irrationally angry
    80. Raving: see ranting
    81. Riled: upset; quickened heartbeat
    82. Roiled: see riled
    83. Ruffled feathers: as in a bird’s raised feathers to intimidate
    84. Seeing red: so angry that one’s vision is blurred by excess blood flow in the eyes
    85. Seething: repressing violent anger
    86. Shirty: British for irritated
     87. Smoldering: see seething
    88. Sore: see indignant
    89. Soreheaded: see indignant
    90. Steamed: see hot
    91. Steaming: see hot
     92. Storming: anger suggestive of stormy weather
    93. Stormy: see storming
    94. Teed off: annoyed
    95. Tetchiness: (tetchy) another form of touchy or irritable
    96. Testiness: easily annoyed
    97. Ticked: angry; also “ticked off”
    98. Vexation: troubling
    99. Vitriolic: see caustic
    100. Worked up: upset
    101. Wrathful: see furious
    102. Wroth: see furious
    103. Wrought up: see “worked up”

    Keep an eye out for more lists of synonyms of basic words. Also keep a sharp eye out for the next Seraphym Wars book, Harpies, Book Two due out soon. Here's what it's all about.

    Transported to a planet he'd never heard of was the least of fifteen-year-old Griffen's problems. Learning to control his suddenly increasing strength and new ability to pull lightning from the sky takes some getting used to.  Angry preteen Seth joins the quest; meanwhile discovering his combusting ability as a fire-starter. Driven to find the last Vigorio, a young girl able to experience others' emotions, they journey together toward their destinies as warriors against Narciss, Ruler of Tartarus and his Legio of demon-dragons. But Belial, a power-hungry demon determined to win Narciss’s approval makes their trip miserable while Narciss’s Harpy henchmen take matters into their own hands.

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