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[rawth, roth or, esp. British, rohth] /rɔθ, rɒθ or, esp. British, roʊθ/
angry; wrathful (usually used predicatively):
He was wroth to see the damage to his home.
stormy; violent; turbulent:
the wroth sea.
Origin of wroth
before 900; Middle English; Old English wrāth; cognate with Dutch wreed cruel, Old Norse reithr angry; akin to writhe Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wroth
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  • Moreover, as he further bethought him, Agesilaus must needs be wroth with him for his deceit.

    Agesilaus Xenophon
  • Then the peasants trembled, for they knew that Asathor was wroth.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • When the King a woke and missed his scabbard, he was wroth, and he asked who had been there.

  • Then the King was wroth with those sons, and punished them as he thought best.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • At this Sir Tristram was wroth, and struck him more furiously.

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert
  • Be not wroth with my father, for we cannot fight against fate.

  • Then shall Asmund be wroth and drive Eric from Gudruda's side.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Then was he wroth, and, loosing from him his sledge, he ran after the squirrel.

  • Having done none of these things, how, then, can the Gods of Egypt be wroth with thee?

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • So wroth was I that like a fool I determined to attack the whole family of them.

    Long Odds H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for wroth


/rəʊθ; rɒθ/
(archaic or literary) angry; irate
Word Origin
Old English wrāth; related to Old Saxon wrēth, Old Norse reithr, Old High German reid curly haired
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Word Origin and History for wroth

Old English wrað "angry" (literally "tormented, twisted"), from Proto-Germanic *wraithaz (cf. Old Frisian wreth "evil," Old Saxon wred, Middle Dutch wret, Dutch wreed "cruel," Old High German reid, Old Norse reiðr "angry, offended"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn" (see wreath). Rare or obsolete from early 16c. to mid-19c., but somewhat revived since, especially in dignified writing, or this exchange:

Secretary: "The Dean is furious. He's waxing wroth."
Quincy Adams Wagstaf [Groucho]: "Is Roth out there too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while."
["Horse Feathers," 1932]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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