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This lesson will provide you with 12 alternative methods to express yourself in English when you’re very upset. With easy examples, we’ll show you how to use terms like “furious,” “irate,” and “seething.” These words will help you communicate your rage more effectively, whether you’re irritated or enraged. Learning these words will improve your English skills and allow you to express your rage to others.
List of Better Ways to Say “Very Angry”
Ways to Say “Very Angry” With Examples
Furious: Typically used to describe extreme anger, often involving a strong emotional reaction. It conveys a sense of intense and uncontrolled rage.
- She was furious about the broken promise.
- His failure made him furious.
Infuriated: Signifies being extremely angry, often due to a specific event or circumstance that has provoked intense irritation or rage.
- The constant interruptions infuriated her.
- Their rude behavior infuriated the teacher.
Livid: Suggests a very angry or furiously emotional state, often accompanied by a physical change in skin color, like turning red or pale.
- He was livid when his idea was stolen.
- The lost document left her livid.
Irate: Indicates being very angry, but in a more controlled or outwardly directed manner, often as a response to a perceived injustice or wrongdoing.
- The incorrect order left the customer irate.
- His disrespectful attitude made her irate.
Outraged: Conveys a sense of moral or ethical indignation, often directed towards something perceived as deeply wrong or offensive.
- The injustice in the verdict left people outraged.
- The blatant lie in his speech left the audience outraged.
Seething: Describes a simmering, suppressed anger, as if anger is boiling beneath the surface, and can be used when someone is holding back their feelings.
- He was seething with anger after the argument.
- Her constant nagging left him seething.
Wrathful: Implies a strong, vengeful anger, often associated with a desire for retribution or punishment.
- His betrayal made her wrathful.
- The company’s negligence left employees wrathful.
Enraged: Indicates intense anger that might lead to outbursts or a loss of control, especially in response to a provoking event.
- The unfair treatment enraged the employees.
- She was enraged when her project was sabotaged.
Incensed: Suggests being very angry due to a perceived insult, injustice, or wrongdoing, often directed at a specific cause.
- The broken promises left him incensed.
- The dishonesty of the contractor left the homeowner incensed.
Vexed: Refers to being irritated or annoyed, rather than intensely angry, often over smaller issues or persistent annoyances.
- The technical issues on the website vexed users.
- His constant excuses vexed his friends.
Exasperated: Signifies being frustrated and annoyed to the point of losing patience, often due to repeated or ongoing problems.
- The never-ending paperwork left her exasperated.
- Trying to fix the broken device exasperated him.
Agitated: Describes a state of emotional restlessness or nervousness that can be caused by anger, among other emotions. It implies a certain degree of emotional turmoil.
- The unresolved problem left her agitated.
- The unexpected news agitated him.
List of Cute Ways to Say “Very Angry”
- Steaming Mad
- Spitting Nails
- Burning with Wrath
- Seeing Red
- On the Warpath
- In a Right Snit
- Sizzling with Rage
- Fit as a Fiddle
- Fit to Be Tied
- Hot Under the Collar
- Seething with Ire
Cute Ways to Say “Very Angry” With Examples
Steaming Mad: This phrase indicates intense anger as if the person is so angry that steam might come out of their ears. It’s often used when someone is furious about a situation.
- “When he found out his ice cream had melted in the sun, he was steaming mad!”
Fuming: “Fuming” implies a slow build-up of anger, as if someone is simmering with rage. It’s commonly used to describe a person who is angry but not necessarily in an explosive way.
- “After waiting for hours, she was fuming when the delayed bus finally arrived.”
Seeing Red: This expression suggests that someone is so angry that they can only see the color red, which is associated with rage. It’s often used when someone is beyond reason due to anger.
- “When he discovered his car had been scratched, he saw red and confronted the person responsible.”
Fit to Be Tied: This phrase describes someone who is extremely angry or agitated. It can be used when someone is on the verge of losing their temper.
- “She was fit to be tied when she realized her keys were missing right before an important meeting.”
Hot Under the Collar: This expression conveys that someone is angry, especially due to a frustrating or irritating situation.
- “He was hot under the collar when the computer crashed and he lost all his unsaved work.”
In a Right Snit: This British expression indicates a person is in a bad mood or very irritated. It’s often used in a playful or slightly sarcastic way.
- “She was in a right snit because her favorite coffee shop ran out of her preferred pastry.”
On the Warpath: This phrase suggests that someone is actively seeking confrontation or is ready to confront those who have upset them.
- “Watch out, he’s on the warpath after his project got rejected at work.”
Spitting Nails: This hyperbolic expression indicates extreme anger as if someone is so furious that they are metaphorically “spitting nails” in frustration.
- “She was spitting nails when she discovered her phone had been stolen.”
Fit as a Fiddle: While this phrase typically refers to someone’s good physical condition, when used in the context of anger, it suggests that someone is fit or ready for a fight.
- “He was fit as a fiddle when he found out that his ideas had been stolen by a colleague.”
Burning with Wrath: This expression emphasizes the intensity of anger and wrath within a person. It’s often used in more formal or literary contexts.
- “The injustice of the situation had her burning with wrath as she prepared to address it.”
Sizzling with Rage: Similar to “steaming mad,” this phrase implies that a person’s anger is so intense it’s practically sizzling or burning.
- “He was sizzling with rage when he received a hefty parking ticket for a minor infraction.”
Seething with Ire: “Seething with ire” suggests a person is not just angry but harboring deep-seated anger or resentment. It’s often used in a more formal or poetic context.
- “Her colleagues had been consistently undermining her, and she was seething with ire as she prepared to confront them about it.”