See also: wraþ and wrað



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.

Usage notesEdit

  • 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) (Can we verify(+) this sense?) To anger; to enrage[1].

Further readingEdit

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)