[rath, rahth or, esp. British, rawth]
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  1. strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.
  2. vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.
  1. Archaic. wroth.

Origin of wrath

before 900; (noun) Middle English wraththe, Old English wrǣththo, equivalent to wrāth wroth + -tho -th1; (adj.) variant of wroth by association with the noun

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  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


  1. angry, violent, or stern indignation
  2. divine vengeance or retribution
  3. archaic a fit of anger or an act resulting from anger
  1. obsolete incensed; angry
Derived Formswrathless, adjective

Word Origin for wrath

Old English wrǣththu; see wroth


  1. Cape Wrath a promontory at the NW extremity of the Scottish mainland
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Word Origin and History for wrath

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

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