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[rath-fuh l, rahth- or, esp. British, rawth-]
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  1. very angry; ireful; full of wrath: They trembled before the wrathful queen.
  2. characterized by or showing wrath: wrathful words.
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Origin of wrathful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wrath, -ful
Related formswrath·ful·ly, adverbwrath·ful·ness, nounun·wrath·ful, adjectiveun·wrath·ful·ly, adverbun·wrath·ful·ness, noun


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1. irate, furious, raging, incensed, enraged.
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  1. full of wrath; raging or furious
  2. resulting from or expressing wrath
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Also (informal): wrathy
Derived Formswrathfully, adverbwrathfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wrathful


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

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