Angry Vocabulary in English





Oh, the horrible emotion of anger.

It is unavoidable, it is strong and sometimes it is justified!

Here are some furiously good words to express your anger in English. You should reserve these expressions for the correct situations and be careful not to exaggerate your emotions. Use this angry vocabulary  correctly and you will sound native, natural and confident in your English.

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To be livid

“He looks absolutely livid.”

Run for your life if you see someone that looks livid.

If someone is livid it means that they are EXTREMELY angry. You may want to run, or take shelter in a nearby building before they explode.

Another way to put it is that someone has completely lost control of their emotions. They no longer care about the consequences that could arise from their emotional outburst. The anger is just too strong to handle.


To be seething

“You didn’t notice, but I was seething when he said that.”

You can be seething in many different ways. As our example indicates, it is possible to be seething without anyone even knowing that you are angry.

This doesn’t change the extremity of the situation and you should know that if someone is seething, they are very angry. You may have enough time to get away from the seething person if you read the expression on their face. Watch out for that scowl…


To make someone’s blood boil

“I can’t stand her, she makes my blood boil…”

This one can be used to show annoyance as much as anger.

If someone or something makes your blood boil, it means that it makes you angry. Expressing your anger in this way is simply more poetic.

For the boiling part of this expression, imagine a pot of water on your stove or in your kettle. When this water reaches 100 degrees celsius, it will start to bubble and to give off steam into the air. Basically, a liquid becomes very hot when it boils.

Now, when you bring this imagery to your blood, it’s not a pretty picture but I think you get the idea.


To get on someone’s nerves

“That sound is getting on her nerves.”

Here’s one to describe frustration as well as anger.

If something is getting on your nerves, then it is something that is constantly annoying or troubling you. To give an example, this could be an annoying sound or a smell and maybe even a person.

Your nerves are used to understand sensory information in the body and it is easy to see where they fit in with this expression. This is all about feeling and sensation and it is most certainly negative.

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