Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Forceful, often vindictive anger. synonym: anger.
  • noun Punishment or vengeance as a manifestation of anger.
  • adjective Wrathful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete (in early modern use erroneous) form of wroth.
  • noun Fierce anger; vehement indignation; rage.
  • noun Heat; impetuosity.
  • noun The effects of anger; the just punishment of an offense or crime; vengeance.
  • noun =Syn.1. Anger, Vexation, Indignation, etc. (see anger).
  • To become wroth or angry; manifest anger.
  • To make wroth or angry; cause wrath or anger in; anger; enrage.
  • To be angry with; exhibit anger or wrath to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete See wroth.
  • noun Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation; rage; fury; ire.
  • noun The effects of anger or indignation; the just punishment of an offense or a crime.
  • transitive verb obsolete To anger; to enrage; -- also used impersonally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Great anger.
  • noun rare Punishment.
  • adjective rare Wrathful; very angry.
  • verb obsolete To anger; to enrage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  • noun intense anger (usually on an epic scale)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English wrǣththu, from wrāth, angry; see wer- in Indo-European roots. Adj., variant of wroth.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English wraththe, wreththe, from Old English wrǣþþu, wrǣþþo ("wrath, fury"), from Proto-Germanic *wraiþiþō (“wrath, fury”), equivalent to wroth +‎ -th. Compare Dutch wreedte ("cruelty"), Danish vrede ("anger"), Swedish vrede ("wrath, anger, ire"), Icelandic reiði ("anger"). More at wroth.

Examples

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  • Dust bowl immediately conjured up Grapes of Wrath. See Free Association.

    February 6, 2008

  • I make the same association.

    February 6, 2008