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[rath-fuh l, rahth- or, esp. British, rawth-] /ˈræθ fəl, ˈrɑθ- or, esp. British, ˈrɔθ-/
very angry; ireful; full of wrath:
They trembled before the wrathful queen.
characterized by or showing wrath:
wrathful words.
Origin of wrathful
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at wrath, -ful
Related forms
wrathfully, adverb
wrathfulness, noun
unwrathful, adjective
unwrathfully, adverb
unwrathfulness, noun
1. irate, furious, raging, incensed, enraged. Unabridged
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  • A sinister, wrathful, and austere divinity who has no place in Triton's city.

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
  • I was bitter and wrathful still, or I trust I was too magnanimous to have wounded her so.

  • The law was final to his mind; but it did not satisfy his wrathful questioning heart.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Fouquet's voice drew the young prince from his wrathful reverie.

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • And he took occasion to refer to the terrible deed in a wrathful sermon.

    The Pagan's Cup Fergus Hume
  • Then I heard Brede's voice, wrathful and sullen, with a quality of finality.

  • The light of the swinging lanthorn showed him the wrathful face of his employer.

    Lord Tony's Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Gaskin was the first man who came in reach of the wrathful American.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for wrathful


full of wrath; raging or furious
resulting from or expressing wrath
Also (informal) wrathy
Derived Forms
wrathfully, adverb
wrathfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wrathful

c.1300, from wrath + -ful. Related: Wrathfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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