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 wrathful (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 While my beat is usually non-wrathful grapes, my curiosity dragged me into this literary mystery. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 June 2021 His eyes smolder like burning coals in anticipation of the violence that his wrathful mission will inevitably entail. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 In mid-February a wrathful Mother Nature decided to spike a historic winter storm right into the heart of the Lone Star State, one more layer of trauma stacked upon the rest. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Apr. 2021 At Madoff’s sentencing in June 2009, wrathful former clients stood to demand the maximum punishment. Michael Balsamo And Tom Hays, Chron, 14 Apr. 2021 At Madoff’s sentencing in 2009, wrathful former clients stood to demand the maximum punishment. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2021 It’s one of Hopkins’s finest performances, by turns wrathful and befuddled, helpless and defiant. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2021 Adulterous wives pay men to stand in as their lovers to apologize to their wrathful husbands. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, 17 Dec. 2020 Even so, his wrathful attempt to overturn the result of a free, fair election qualifies as shocking. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wrathful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wrathful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrathful. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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