wrath

noun
\ ˈrath , chiefly British ˈrȯth \

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 , 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

Jamie and Claire incur the wrath of the entire town by taking Rufus to River Run for an emergency operation, which is when the episode takes a turn. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 2: Claire and Jamie Face the Realities of Life in America," 12 Nov. 2018 Google, meanwhile, did indeed incur the wrath of the lawmakers. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 One way for an OEM to experiment with a Google-free existence without incurring the wrath of Mountain View is to produce alternative versions of Google's apps. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary," 21 July 2018 Like every other person interviewed for this article, the executive would speak only anonymously, fearing the wrath of either Iranian or US authorities. Thomas Erdbrink, BostonGlobe.com, "Foreign investors in Iran denounce the US over its new sanctions," 26 May 2018 Like every other person interviewed for this article, the executive would speak only anonymously, fearing the wrath of either the Iranian or the American authorities. New York Times, "Europeans in Iran Bitterly Denounce the U.S. as ‘Caesar’ Amid New Sanctions," 26 May 2018 If a Hollywood icon with the vocal support of stars like Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista couldn’t escape the wrath of Twitter, what hope did an ordinary person have? Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Like her fellow residents of Charleston, Patricia Altschul, matriarch of the Bravo reality series Southern Charm, is preparing for the wrath of Hurricane Florence. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How Patricia Altschul From Southern Charm Is Preparing for Hurricane Florence," 12 Sep. 2018 The only question now: will mercy prevail over wrath? Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale: 7 Predictions for the End of "All-Out War"," 9 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 \

Kids Definition of wrath

: violent anger : rage

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