wrathful

adjective
wrath·​ful | \ ˈrath-fəl How to pronounce wrathful (audio) , chiefly British ˈrȯth- \

Definition of wrathful

1 : filled with wrath : irate
2 : arising from, marked by, or indicative of wrath

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from wrathful

wrathfully \ ˈrath-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wrathfully (audio) , chiefly British  ˈrȯth-​ \ adverb
wrathfulness noun

Examples of wrathful in a Sentence

in a wrathful voice she demanded to know what had happened
Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, Twitter is Dante’s fifth circle of hell, in which the wrathful fight endlessly in ships on the River Styx while the sullen gurgle in the muck until the world ends. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "We can’t impeach the Internet, so buckle up," 3 Oct. 2019 While Alonso de Santos is none too convincing when Segismundo turns wrathful or virtuous, the actor does ace moments of pathos, when the prince huddles twitchily in his jail cell, fidgeting with his chains. Washington Post, "In GALA’s ‘Life Is a Dream,’ freewheeling ideas but stiff storytelling," 15 Sep. 2019 King David appears to exhibit an almost superhuman equanimity in the face of the death of his son, whose life was taken by a wrathful and vengeful God — and David’s first act after the killing of his son is to go to worship the killer. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas," 18 July 2019 Dmitri Shostakovich lived and composed under the threat of official reprimand or worse from a volatile and wrathful leader. John Adamian, courant.com, "HSO Plays Shostakovich At The Bushnell," 28 Apr. 2018 Circe’s reckless and bloodstained niece, Medea, arrives once, her wrathful father not far behind. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 The card read 'A crest to commemorate your big win against the deadliest of foes, the wrathful Widow-Maker. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Kevin Smith has lost more weight since heart attack," 22 Mar. 2018 Satellite images showed a wrathful planet, raging with defiance. Chantel Acevedo, Vogue, "Actually, This Devastating Hurricane Season Is Exactly the Right Time to Talk About Climate Change," 13 Oct. 2017 Those holy words come from a wrathful place, admonishing the sinners to revel in their own rebuke. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Black Critics Shake Their Heads at Ta-Nehisi Coates," 21 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wrathful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wrathful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wrathful

Time Traveler for wrathful

Time Traveler

The first known use of wrathful was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wrathful

Last Updated

25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wrathful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrathfully. Accessed 12 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wrathful

wrathful

adjective
wrath·​ful | \ ˈrath-fəl How to pronounce wrathful (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrathful

1 : full of wrath
2 : showing wrath

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on wrathful

What made you want to look up wrathful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a period of high artistic development

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!