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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Anger, Angir, v. Also p.t. angrit, angryit. [Early ME. angren, angre, ON. angra.]

1. tr. To vex, distress, or trouble (a person). Also absol. 1375 Barb. x. 101.
For it angeris als gretumly To gud hertis [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. vii. 2764 (C).
Had he not nocht done tharof iustice, Thai had him angerit [R. grewyd] on sum wis
Ib. ii. 391 (W).
Sa he [= Joseph] angryit thaim weill fast, Till thame behuffit at the last To leif sum of thaim in ostage

2. To make angry. 1375 Barb. xiv. 322.
It angerit him … That twis in-to battell was he Discumfit with ane few menȝhe
a1500 Rauf C. 831.
Thay worthit heuy with heid, and angerit with all
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxiii. 2.
Be mirry and glaid, … For that suffisis to anger the invyous
1560 Rolland Seven S. 135/17.
Ȝe sall ȝour husband preif, Him for to temp, or anger him or greif
1610 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108/13.
Andro Hendersoun wes angerit at Alexander Blair for thir speecheis
1646 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 91.
He said to the baylyeis … that he wald anger the best of thame

3. intr. To become angry. a1500 Colk. Sow ii. 153.
Than angrit scho and said [etc.]
Ib. iii. 83.
Susan angrit heirat
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 300.
I sa oft thoght him on quhill angrit his hert
a1500 Doug. K. Hart 519.
Quhen that … Plesance had thame sene, Scho grevit and scho angerit weill more

4. tr. To feel contrition (for). 1533 Gau 64/22.
Christis … , preching beginnis that ve suld anger and repent our sinnis

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