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[ rath-fuhl, rahth-or, especially British, rawth- ]


  1. very angry; ireful; full of wrath:

    They trembled before the wrathful queen.

    Synonyms: furious, irate

  2. characterized by or showing wrath:

    wrathful words.


/ ˈrɒθfʊl /


  1. full of wrath; raging or furious
  2. resulting from or expressing wrath

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwrathfully, adverb
  • ˈwrathfulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • wrathful·ly adverb
  • wrathful·ness noun
  • un·wrathful adjective
  • un·wrathful·ly adverb
  • un·wrathful·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wrathful1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; wrath, -ful

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Example Sentences

The term appears in the Bible typically describing wrathful and furious destruction.

But the punishment for those non-traditionalists who want to go ahead and have a female religious leader is fairly wrathful.

A wrathful market, like a wrathful god, keeps moral order in the universe.

War begun by the spirit of wrathful revenge is hard to stop, or even alter.

It changed all the benevolence of her nature into wrathful bitterness and unmitigated contempt.

Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful.

An always wrathful God would repel His worshipers, or cast them into despair.

Her brilliant wrathful eyes turned to the Earl's colourless face.

Maid,” says I, now in wrathful amazement forgetting her afflicted state, “is you lost your senses?


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