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From Middle English wraththe, wreththe, from Old English wrǣþþu (wrath, fury), from Proto-West Germanic *wraiþiþu (wrath, fury), equivalent to wroth +‎ -th. Compare Dutch wreedte (cruelty), Danish vrede (anger), Swedish vrede (wrath, anger, ire), Icelandic reiði (anger). More at wroth.



wrath (usually uncountable, plural wraths)

  1. (formal or old-fashioned) Great anger.
    Synonyms: fury, ire
    Homer relates an episode in the Trojan War that reveals the tragic consequences of the wrath of Achilles.
  2. (rare) Punishment.

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  • The pronunciation with the vowel /æ/ is regarded as incorrect by many British English speakers.

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wrath (comparative more wrath, superlative most wrath)

  1. Wrathful; wroth; very angry.


wrath (third-person singular simple present wraths, present participle wrathing, simple past and past participle wrathed)

  1. (obsolete, Early Modern) To anger; to enrage.
    • 1506, Jacobus van Gruitrode, anonymous translator, The mirroure of golde for the synfull soule[1], folio 12v:
      [] butte remembre howe by thy cursed synnes thou haste offended and wrathed thy lorde god.
    • 1510, Ihesus. The floure of the commaundements of god [][2], folio 60r:
      Of ire yͤ whiche is agayne god. [] A man wratheth hym ayenst god for many thynges, pryncypally for the flagellacions, aduersytees, fortunes, sykenesses, & mortalytees, losses, punycyons, famyne, warre & yll tyme.
    • 1520, Pierre de Luxembourg (attributed), anonymous translator, The boke entytuled the next way to heuen [][3], folio 4r:
      And than the bysshop sayd vnto the clerke, thou hast wrathed me, but yf thou wylte be sory thou shalte haue my loue as thou haddest before, & I shall gyue the the benefyce yͭ I haue promysed to gyue the, sholde not he be anone sory of that I byleue that yes.

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