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

  • n. Forceful, often vindictive anger. See Synonyms at anger.
  • n. Punishment or vengeance as a manifestation of anger.
  • n. Divine retribution for sin.
  • adj. Archaic Wrathful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Great anger.
  • n. Punishment.
  • adj. Wrathful; very angry.
  • v. To anger; to enrage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete (in early modern use erroneous) form of wroth.
  • 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.
  • n. Fierce anger; vehement indignation; rage.
  • n. Heat; impetuosity.
  • n. The effects of anger; the just punishment of an offense or crime; vengeance.
  • n. =Syn.1. Anger, Vexation, Indignation, etc. (see anger).

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

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


Middle English, from Old English wrǣththu, from wrāth, angry; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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