[rath-fuhl, rahth- or, esp. British, rawth-]


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 formswrath·ful·ly, adverbwrath·ful·ness, nounun·wrath·ful, adjectiveun·wrath·ful·ly, adverbun·wrath·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for wrathful

1. irate, furious, raging, incensed, enraged.
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Examples from the Web for wrathful

Contemporary Examples of wrathful

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

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    Obama Saved Detroit

    Peter Beinart

    August 14, 2010

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

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    Cheney Blood Lust

    Lee Siegel

    October 22, 2009

Historical Examples of wrathful

British Dictionary definitions for wrathful



full of wrath; raging or furious
resulting from or expressing wrath
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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