\ 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 But with Trump in the White House and elected Republicans terrified of incurring his supporters’ wrath, there is now, in parts of red America, nobody willing to make this argument or to follow through with actual edicts. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "As New York Reaches a Coronavirus Landmark, Parts of Red America Are Facing a Potential Disaster," 19 June 2020 Robinson's colleagues on the city council struck a tone in their comments last week that incurred none of the wrath her statements elicited. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville councilwoman Jennie Robinson faces backlash for comments on race, police," 18 June 2020 Levin then turned his wrath on the party's presumptive presidential nominee. Fox News, "Mark Levin slams Biden as an 'empty suit' and 'bigot', says Democratic Party 'as evil as it's ever been'," 10 July 2020 In its short life, CHOP had drawn the leering gaze of cable news and netted the President’s faux-wrath—and also that of conspiracy theorists and people with an unhealthy preoccupation with acronyms. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, "Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Has Always Been in Flux," 26 June 2020 The War of the Worlds began their wrath there, on the outskirts, where life was deemed so wretched as to earn even the extraterrestrials’ first strike. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Revenge of the Suburbs," 19 June 2020 Latino citizens already living in Arizona beared the wrath of discriminatory legislation, racial profiling by police and racist behavior by peers. Taylor Seely, AZCentral.com, "Listen to the trailer for our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'," 1 July 2020 The wrath of the coronavirus and its crippling effect on live events dealt a sobering blow to the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, when the organization issued a round of layoffs and salary reductions. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers issue layoffs, salary reductions amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 June 2020 Plus: Meg Whitman’s experience with angry commenters, technology’s double-edged sword, and the wrath of the primates. Steven Levy, Wired, "eBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum," 19 June 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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The first known use of wrath was before the 12th century

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“Wrath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrath. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrath

formal + old-fashioned : extreme anger


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Kids Definition of wrath

: violent anger : rage

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