make very angry
incense - anger
‘Incense’ comes from the Latin word meaning ‘to set on fire’, which is why it can be used to both describe a stick that emits a pleasant smell when burned, and, as a verb, to express making somebody figuratively burn with anger. It is most commonly encountered in the latter context.
The decision to put a freeze on end-of-year bonuses is likely to incense staff. I’m not looking forward to delivering the news.
I was so incensed by what being said in the meeting that I stormed out. I thought it better to do that than say something I would later regret.
Paul was incensed that his roommate borrowed his car without asking for permission first. He felt that it showed a total lack of respect.