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wrath

[rath, rahth or, esp. British, rawth] /ræθ, rɑθ or, esp. British, rɔθ/
noun
1.
strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.
2.
vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.
adjective
3.
Archaic. wroth.
Origin of wrath
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English wraththe, Old English wrǣththo, equivalent to wrāth wroth + -tho -th1; (adj.) variant of wroth by association with the noun
Synonyms
1. rage, resentment, fury, choler.

Wrath

[rath] /ræθ/
noun
1.
Cape, a high promontory in NW Scotland: most NW point on mainland.
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  • The sun went down on its wrath, and its night was tempestuous.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But the wrath of the father rose afresh at sight of her "infatuation."

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "Get out of this," he said, with the sternness of wrath suppressed.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The man turned a face upon him which was lion-like in its strength and in its wrath.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But after an interview with Harris he swallowed this wrath as best he might.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for wrath

wrath

/rɒθ/
noun
1.
angry, violent, or stern indignation
2.
divine vengeance or retribution
3.
(archaic) a fit of anger or an act resulting from anger
adjective
4.
(obsolete) incensed; angry
Derived Forms
wrathless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wrǣththu; see wroth

Wrath

/rɒθ; rɔːθ/
noun
1.
Cape Wrath, a promontory at the NW extremity of the Scottish mainland
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Word Origin and History for wrath
n.

Old English wræððu "anger," from wrað "angry" (see wroth) + -þu, from Proto-Germanic -itho (as in strength, width etc.).

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