[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 wrathfully

Historical Examples of wrathfully

  • Why couldn't they leave a fellow alone, I said wrathfully to myself.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • The doctor straightened up and Roberto scowled at him wrathfully.

  • "Will you make my niece a prisoner," he cried, wrathfully, for Dick had told him the story.

    The Boy Land Boomer

    Ralph Bonehill

  • "You are seeking perdition," exclaimed the priest, wrathfully.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • "I'd like to give him a lickin'," said Jonathan, wrathfully, as they left the store.

    The Telegraph Boy

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for wrathfully



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 wrathfully



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

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