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

Definition of wrath

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


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

Definition of wrath (Entry 2 of 2)


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Synonyms & Antonyms for wrath

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Spared from Rory's wrath, Le Mec tries one more time to kill Lucifer before Chloe comes in and shoots him. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2021 So, as is to be expected, Ms. Aronson finds a way to turn her long-suffering protagonist away from wrath and toward self-mastery in this tidy moral tale. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 The Pogues then jump off the ship to save themselves from the deathly wrath of the Camerons. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 3 Aug. 2021 My adopted country is there to protect them From the wrath of their oppressors. Erin Sood, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 While the shoreline may be forever changed due to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, one constant has been Lucy the Elephant. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2021 Shortly after Trick Daddy's initial comments went viral, the rapper was met with the wrath of the singer's loyal legion of fans, collectively known as The Beyhive. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2021 The boom comes shortly after LVMH posted its impressive first-quarter revenues, which exceeded those achieved even before the wrath of Covid-19. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 No training prepared them for the wrath of the virus, and its aftermath. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wrath


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


1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wrath


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


alteration of wroth

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“Wrath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrath. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrath

: extreme anger


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Kids Definition of wrath

: violent anger : rage

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