wrath

noun
\ ˈrath How to pronounce wrath (audio) , chiefly British ˈrȯth How to pronounce wrath (audio) \

Definition of wrath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : strong vengeful anger or indignation
2 : retributory punishment for an offense or a crime : divine chastisement

wrath

adjective
\ ˈrath How to pronounce wrath (audio) , chiefly British ˈrȯth\

Definition of wrath (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wrath

Synonyms: Noun

anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrathfulness

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

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Noun

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered

Examples of wrath in a Sentence

Noun

That winter it rained in Los Angeles for three months straight, as if I had brought with me a terrible wrath that somehow agitated the atmosphere, releasing a flood of rain. — Patrick Moore, Tweaked, 2006 … Reagan raised the bar for every political performer who followed. A president or presidential candidate now had to be smooth or suffer the wrath of the press. — Neal Gabler, Life: The Movie, 1998 More Wrath than Terror, has seized me. I am very mad. — John Adams 26 Apr. 1777, in The Book of Abigail and John1975 the wrath of the gods waited until my initial wrath had eased before voicing my complaint

Adjective

… Take heed the Queen come not within his sight; / For Oberon is passing fell and wrath … — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1596

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the post-Cold War 21st century, Russia is unlikely to find countries willing to host nuclear missiles pointed at the United States and incur America's wrath. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As a Key Arms-Control Treaty Is Set to Die, Russia Threatens to Target U.S. with New Nukes," 20 Feb. 2019 FleishmanHillard has cornered the market on crisis management counseling for companies that invoke the president’s wrath on Twitter. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why do brands care if you vote?," 24 Sep. 2018 Centrist Democrats trying to survive reelection in states Trump won, meanwhile, have said little about Kavanaugh, seeking to avoid the wrath of the president’s loyal supporters or a backlash from liberals bent on defeating Kavanaugh’s nomination. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequity have attracted the wrath of President Donald Trump and his supporters. Ross Ramsey, star-telegram, "Football may be popular in Texas, but the NFL isn't, poll shows," 1 July 2018 Unlike many rivals, the spiky Maher is also protected from advertiser wrath on HBO. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Comedy scorecard: Winners and losers in the Trump era," 27 June 2018 Republicans like Corker who have criticized Trump have faced a fierce backslash from GOP voters -- and the wrath of Trump's Twitter feed. Jonathan Tamari, Anchorage Daily News, "Primary results show the GOP is all in on Trump," 16 June 2018 Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, nearly an inch a year. Jennifer Kay, Fox News, "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks," 16 Sep. 2018 Comey and Bezos, of course, are frequent targets of Trump’s Twitter wrath. Chris Morris, Fortune, "James Comey Is Taking His Book Tour to Amazon Headquarters Soon," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wrath

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wrath

Noun

Middle English, from Old English wrǣththo, from wrāth wroth — more at wroth

Adjective

alteration of wroth

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wrath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wrath

formal + old-fashioned : extreme anger

wrath

noun
\ ˈrath How to pronounce wrath (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrath

: violent anger : rage

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