February 11, 2019
infuriate (verb)
\in-FYOOR-ee-ayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to make furious : enrage
How do you use it?
"This of course is the way to talk to dragons, if you don't want to reveal your proper name (which is wise), and don't want to infuriate them by a flat refusal (which is also very wise)." (J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Hobbit_)
Are you a word wiz?

What do you think the Latin root of "infuriate" means?

If you chose B, good job! "Infuriate" and its two close English cousins, "furious" and "fury," all stem from the Latin word "furia," which means "fury," "anger," or "madness." Though you often can't judge cousins by how they look, in this case, the family resemblance is clear: all three words have to do with anger, and all three words contain the root "fur." "Fury" and "furious" came into English in the 14th century, but "infuriate" didn't show up until the 17th century. You may be more familiar with the adjective that comes from today's Buzzword: "infuriating."
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