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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.



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.
    • Bible, Romans xiii. 4
      A revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Usage notesEdit

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

Derived termsEdit




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.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)