incense | incensed

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

make very angry

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incense - anger

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‘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.

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Synonyms infuriate
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Paul was incensed that his roommate borrowed his car without asking for permission first. He felt that it showed a total lack of respect.

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