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From Medieval Latin infuriatus (enraged), past participle of infurio (to enrage), from Latin furia (rage, fury, frenzy), perhaps via Italian infuriato.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈfjʊəɹieɪt/ (verb), IPA(key): /ɪnˈfjʊəɹɪət/ (adjective)
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infuriate (third-person singular simple present infuriates, present participle infuriating, simple past and past participle infuriated)

  1. To make furious or mad with anger; to fill with fury.
    Synonyms: enrage, madden
    • 1615, Edwin Sandys, “Psalm 2”, in Sacred Hymns, Consisting of fifti select psalms of David and others, paraphrastically turned into English verse[1], London, page 2:
      What graceles fears, strange hates, may Nations so affright,
      Infuriate so; gainst God with mad attempts to fight?
    • 1796, Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Prospect of a Regicide Peace, London: J. Owen, Letter 2, p. 105,[2]
      They tore the deputation of the Clergy to pieces by their infuriated declamations and invectives, before they lacerated their bodies by their massacres.
    • 1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], “11”, in Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC:
      He bent over Oliver, and repeated the inquiry; but finding him really incapable of understanding the question; and knowing that his not replying would only infuriate the magistrate the more, and add to the severity of his sentence; he hazarded a guess.
    • 1937, George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier[3], Penguin, published 1962, Part 2, Chapter 9, p. 131:
      I had [] no notion that the working class were human beings. [] I could agonise over their sufferings, but I still hated them and despised them when I came anywhere near them. I was still revolted by their accents and infuriated by their habitual rudeness.
    • 2022 August 3, Zaheena Rasheed, “Pelosi in Taiwan live news: Tsai slams ‘unnecessary’ China drills”, in Al Jazeera[4], archived from the original on 03 August 2022:
      US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan after a one-day visit that has infuriated China.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:infuriate.


Derived terms[edit]



infuriate (comparative more infuriate, superlative most infuriate)

  1. (now rare) Filled with, characterized by or expressing fury.
    Synonyms: enraged, furious, raging
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker []; [a]nd by Robert Boulter []; [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], →OCLC, lines 482-490:
      These [materials] in thir dark Nativitie the Deep
      Shall yeild us, pregnant with infernal flame,
      Which into hallow Engins long and round
      Thick-rammd, at th’ other bore with touch of fire
      Dilated and infuriate shall send forth
      From far with thundring noise among our foes
      Such implements of mischief as shall dash
      To pieces, and orewhelm whatever stands
    • a. 1749 (date written), James Thomson, “Spring”, in The Seasons, London: [] A[ndrew] Millar, and sold by Thomas Cadell, [], published 1768, →OCLC, page 26, lines 392-396:
      [] the steady tyrant man,
      Who with the thoughtless insolence of power
      Inflam’d, beyond the most infuriate rage
      Of the worst monster that e'er howl'd the waste,
      For sport alone takes up the cruel tract,
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 32, in Vanity Fair [], London: Bradbury and Evans [], published 1848, →OCLC:
      [] she housed and sheltered Mrs. Posky, who fled from her bungalow one night, pursued by her infuriate husband, wielding his second brandy bottle []
    • 1929, Thomas Wolfe, chapter 20, in Look Homeward, Angel[5], New York: Modern Library, page 280:
      With an infuriate scream the dead awakened.
    • 1951, William Styron, chapter 2, in Lie Down in Darkness[6], Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, page 51:
      Until Peyton was born, bleak doubt assailed him. He looked at his wife’s body with suspicion and his own with infuriate guilt.


Etymology 1[edit]



  1. inflection of infuriare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2[edit]


infuriate f pl

  1. feminine plural of infuriato