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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɒθ/, /ɹæθ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒθ, -æθ
  • The pronunciation with the vowel IPA(key): /æ/ is regarded as incorrect by many British English speakers.
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹæːθ/, /ɹæθ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æθ


wrath (usually uncountable, plural wraths)

  1. Great anger.
    Homer relates an episode in the Trojan War that reveals the tragic consequences of the wrath of Achilles.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. [] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
  2. (rare) Punishment.
    • Bible, Romans xiii. 4
      A revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


Derived terms[edit]



wrath (comparative more wrath, superlative most wrath)

  1. (rare) Wrathful; very angry.


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

  1. (obsolete) To anger; to enrage.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wrath in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)