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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Anger, Angir, n. Also: angger, angre, angyr. [Early ME. anger, angir, angre, ON. angr.]

1. Affliction, distress; grief, anguish. 1375 Barb. ii. 519.
Thai chesyt tyttar with thaim to ta Angyr and payn, na be thaim fra
Ib. v. 100.
To wenge the angir and the ill, That thai … had to thaim vrocht
1461 Liber Plusc. 382.
Of glowdis [v.r. clowdis] of sorow, of angger and distres
c1420 Ratis R. 1756.
For thocht and will … ar set to bee In anger and perplexitee
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Rom. ii. 9.
That sal yeeld to ilk man … tribulation and angir [L. angustia]
1596 Dalr. II. 52/16.
In occasione of angre [L. angoribus] maist bittir … ay happie sche schew her selfe
pl. 1375 Barb. iii. 321.
Thir angrys may I na mar drey
c1420 Wynt. v. 1114.
And I, anoyit in angris yl, My lyff ledys, but help off thé
a1500 Rauf C. 945.
For I haue Cristin men sene, That in mony angeris hes bene, Full oft on him cry

b. Annoyance. 1567 Dundee B. Laws 33.
For evading of great anger and trouble that Judges susteens at ilk term of Martimase and Whitsunday

2. Anger, ire, passion.1375 Barb. viii. 16 (that in his hert gret angyr has). c1420 Wynt. iv. 248 (for angyr off his hart and tene). a1500 Rauf C. 156 (for anger of that outray). c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 119 (full of eldnyng and anger). 1560 Rolland Seven S. 142/29 (to mufe to anger or to ire). 1596 Dalr. II. 351/17 (suddenlie mouet with angre).

b. A fit or spell of ire or rage. a1578 Pitsc. I. 303/19.
He tuik ane anger and tuike wpe his campe
1614 Crim. Trials III. 302.
He hard Robert say in ane anger [etc.]

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