\ 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

anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrathfulness

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

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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


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


… 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

Taipan is just the latest in a long string of companies that have incurred the wrath of Chinese state media and consumers for having allegedly offended political sensibilities. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A savory symbol of family reunion has been dragged into Hong Kong-China politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Barcelona will subsequently need to include at least one of their own players in a swap-deal with PSG, so as not to incur the wrath of the Financial Fair Play committee. SI.com, "Report: Neymar Still Convinced of PSG Summer Exit as Barcelona Works on Potential Deal," 18 Aug. 2019 Now, many of Epstein's accomplices may face the wrath, said Attorney General William Barr, whose Department of Justice is in charge of the jail where Epstein died. Fortune, "Jeffrey Epstein Is Dead, but the Battle Over His Fortune Is Just Beginning," 13 Aug. 2019 And their president of baseball operations accomplished all that without incurring the wrath of the fan base. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Improve Giants and keep fans happy? Zaidi masterfully walks the tightrope," 1 Aug. 2019 People have noted that biblically, the four horsemen are sent by God to unleash wrath upon the sinful, but Kennedy probably meant it as an insult. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The #SquadGoals Message of Hope," 31 July 2019 While the internet is having a gala time, Marriott is facing the wrath of the authorities. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian brands are going bananas over JW Marriott’s $6-a-pair bananas," 29 July 2019 Trump’s critics in the GOP are increasingly unwilling, or unable, to speak their minds publicly about the president for fear of enduring his wrath, or that of his constituents. Deb Riechmann, Twin Cities, "Paul Ryan’s public support of Trump masked GOP struggle," 12 July 2019 No, the quick-witted, top-shelf flick required a dedicated professional, lest the wrath of Jackson be brought down upon the crew with great vengeance and furious anger. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Shaft' Brought the 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS Into 2019," 14 June 2019

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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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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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