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

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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 In Salinger’s, the wrathful recluse determined to give his readers nothing more. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 The unfounded assumption that humanity is not merely polluting but actually destroying the planet has generated a belief that nature — like a wrathful God of Israel in the Bible who strikes down those who sin — will punish humanity for bad behavior. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "How Not to Celebrate Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 For example, the Dalai Lama has navigated the modern world while consulting on all matters of import with oracles possessed by wrathful deities. Donald S. Lopez, New York Times, "Who Is the Dalai Lama?," 25 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of wrathful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 May 2020

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“Wrathful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrathful. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of wrathful

1 : full of wrath
2 : showing wrath

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