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blanch with (an emotion)

To become visibly pale as a result of feeling a particular emotion. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched with fear when I saw it. Stella blanched with disgust at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
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boil with (an emotion)

To express or feel an emotion, typically anger, very intensely. Things are often tense between my mom and my aunt, so when they had to spend days together on our family vacation, they were soon boiling with anger. When I saw that someone had backed into my new car, I immediately boiled with rage.
See also: boil

bristle with anger

To react with sudden anger. I bristled with anger when I found out that we had lost the deal.
See also: anger, bristle

bristle with rage

To show sudden anger. I bristled with rage when I saw that someone had hit my car overnight.
See also: bristle, rage

burst with (an emotion)

Of an emotion, to be so filled up with something as to be unable to contain it. I was bursting with anger after they fired me from my job. My kids burst with joy when we told them we were going to the theme park over the weekend.
See also: burst

cage of anger

A state of intense anger or rage that inhibits one's ability to forgive others or move on with one's life. Tom has been trapped in a cage of anger ever since his wife and child were killed, lashing out at everyone and everything around him. I know what she did was horrible, but you can't stay in this cage of anger your whole life.
See also: anger, cage, of

eaten up with (something)

Obsessed, overcome, or preoccupied with some negative emotion. I've been eaten up with anger ever since I found out that my co-worker totally sabotaged me for that promotion. I'm really worried about Wendy—she's still eaten up with guilt over what happened.
See also: eaten, up

express (one's) anger

To release or share one's anger in some way. I express a lot of my anger in therapy. He never expressed his anger to me, so I had no idea he was so unhappy.
See also: anger, express

fire (one) with (an emotion)

To cause one to feel a particular emotion. Overhearing Tim's nasty comments about me fired me with anger. I was having a rough day until thoughts of our upcoming beach vacation fired me with joy.
See also: fire

flame with (an emotion)

Of the eyes, to seem to convey a particular feeling or emotion with intensity. Callie's eyes flamed with anger when I accused her of cheating on the test. Of course John's interested in you—his eyes are practically flaming with desire every time he looks at you.
See also: flame

flash with (an emotion)

Of the eyes, to seem to convey a particular feeling or emotion with intensity. Callie's eyes flashed with anger when I accused her of cheating on the test. Of course John's interested in you—his eyes practically flash with desire every time he looks at you. Yeah, my mom knows you—her eyes flashed with recognition when I said your name.
See also: flash

more in sorrow than in anger

Primarily motivated by sadness, even though appearing angry. Oh, I'm sure she said that more in sorrow than in anger—she's still reeling from her husband's death, after all.
See also: anger, more, sorrow

never let the sun go down on your anger

Always make amends before the day is done; do not go to sleep angry. I know you're mad at him right now, but you should never let the sun go down on your anger.
See also: anger, down, go, let, never, on, sun

bristle with rage

 and bristle with anger; bristle with indignation
Fig. to demonstrate one's anger, rage, or displeasure with a strong negative response. (Alludes to a dog or cat raising the hair on its back in anger or as a threat.) She was just bristling with anger. I don't know what set her off. Walter bristled with rage as he saw the damage to his new car.
See also: bristle, rage

express one's anger

to allow a release or expression of anger, such as through angry words, violence, or talking out a problem. Don't keep your emotions inside of you. You have to learn to express your anger. Bob expresses his anger by yelling at people.
See also: anger, express

fire someone with anger

 and fire someone with enthusiasm; fire someone with hope; fire someone with expectations
Fig. [for someone's words] to fill someone with eagerness or the desire to do something. The speech fired the audience with enthusiasm for change. We were fired with anger to protest against the government.
See also: anger, fire

flame with anger

 and flame with resentment; flame with lust; flame with vengeance
Fig. [for someone's eyes] to "blaze" or seem to communicate a particular quality or excitement, usually a negative feeling. His eyes flamed with resentment when he heard Sally's good news. Her eyes flamed with hatred.
See also: anger, flame

flash with anger

 and flash with recognition; flash with eagerness
[for someone's eyes] to "glimmer" or seem to communicate a particular quality or excitement. Her green eyes flashed with anger. Ellen's eyes flashed with recognition when she saw me.
See also: anger, flash

more in sorrow than in anger

Saddened rather than infuriated by someone's behavior. For example, When Dad learned that Jack had stolen a car, he looked at him more in sorrow than in anger . This expression first appeared in 1603 in Shakespeare's Hamlet (1:2), where Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father's ghost: "A countenance more in sorrow than in anger."
See also: anger, more, sorrow

more in sorrow than in anger

with regret or sadness rather than with anger.
This is taken from Hamlet. When Hamlet asks Horatio to describe the expression on the face of his father's ghost, Horatio replies ‘a countenance more in sorrow than in anger’.
See also: anger, more, sorrow

do something more in ˌsorrow than in ˈanger

do something because you feel sad or sorry rather than angry: They said they were threatening legal action more in sorrow than in anger.
See also: anger, more, something, sorrow

the cage of anger

n. a prison. (Streets.) The judge put JoJo into the cage of anger for a three-year stretch.
See also: anger, cage, of
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Traister decided to write her latest book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger, in late 2016, in the wake of Trump's victory.
Good and Mad explores the history of female anger in America, how an emotion that has been criticized and dismissed and mocked--and that generations of women have attempted to suppress--has nevertheless proven itself a powerful political force.
She is adamant that women's anger is not only valid or acceptable, but correct.
Moment managing editor Ellen Wexler spoke with Traister about her new book, why we dismiss women's rage and how female anger shapes political upheaval.
You write about how women often say, "I was angry, but I'm not angry anymore." Why do women feel it necessary to frame their anger in the past tense?
The attempt at taking mediated anger seriously should be understood against the backdrop of a historical neglect of emotion in scholarly approaches to political life, which have been closely tied to a liberal democratic understanding of public discourse (e.g., Goodwin, Jasper, & Polletta, 2001).
Since they first made this argument more than 15 years ago, the close relationship between political participation, anger, and rationality has been extensively investigated by social movements scholars (e.g., Flam & King, 2007; Goodwin et al., 2001; Jasper, 2011).
In this context, one particularly important emotion to study is that of anger. As this article will demonstrate, anger is so crucial because of the ways in which it has frequently operated as a distinctly "political emotion" (Lyman, 1981, p.
Scholars in disciplines such as psychology and philosophy have typically viewed anger as an individual emotion that is unavoidable and difficult to control, and ultimately destructive to social relations.
Finally, anger seems, quite simply, to be justified: outrage at terrible wrongs is right, and anger thus expresses something true.
that virtue requires some anger or that anger is incompatible with
I reject both views and instead defend the idea that anger can
defend here, anger is made morally virtuous or vicious by the underlying
connected with moral cares or concerns, some types of anger, like
The idea that anger can be virtuous has not been obvious to