What is anger?

  • (noun): Belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins).
    Synonyms: wrath, ire, ira
    See also — Additional definitions below


Anger is an emotion related to one's psychological interpretation of having been offended, wronged or denied and a tendency to react through retaliation. Shiela Videbeck describes anger as a normal emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation. Raymond Novaco of UC Irvine, who since 1975 has published a plethora of literature on the subject, stratified anger into three modalities: cognitive (appraisals), somatic-affective (tension and agitations) and behavioral (withdrawal and antagonism). William DeFoore, an anger-management writer, described anger as a pressure cooker: we can only apply pressure against our anger for a certain amount of time until it explodes. Anger may have physical correlates such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as part of the fight or flight brain response to the perceived threat of harm. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force. The English term originally comes from the term anger of Old Norse language. Anger can have many physical and mental consequences.

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More definitions of "anger":

  • (noun): A strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance.
    Synonyms: choler, ire
  • (verb): Make angry.
    Example: "The news angered him"
  • (verb): Become angry.
    Synonyms: see red
  • (noun): The state of being angry.
    Synonyms: angriness

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