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

  • adj. Full of wrath; fiercely angry.
  • adj. Proceeding from or expressing wrath: wrathful vengeance. See Synonyms at angry.

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  • adj. Possessed of great wrath; very angry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of wrath; very angry; greatly incensed; ireful; passionate.
  • adj. Springing from, or expressing, wrath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of wrath; very angry; greatly incensed.
  • Expressive of or prompted or characterized by wrath or anger; raging; impetuous; furious: as, wrathful passions; a wrathful countenance.
  • Executing wrath; serving as the instrument of wrath.
  • =Syn.1. Indignant, resentful, exasperated, irate.

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

  • adj. vehemently incensed and condemnatory


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  • For many Westerners with a Biblical upbringing, the term wrathful deity carries the connotation of an almighty being with righteous vengeful anger.

    Making Sense of Tantra ��� 5 Tantric Imagery

  • I turned my back to the mirror and dressed in wrathful irritation and my yesterday's linen.

    The Window at the White Cat

  • The herukas, also called the wrathful deities, are expressions of buddha-consciousness and buddha-compassion, but under a terrible aspect.

    Blood-Drinking Buddhas and Wrathful Compassion

  • For my spirit truly is wrathful, that is in my breast; and if I among men would make boast, with gladness, with game, with goodly words, my spirit would wrath himself, and become still, and deprive me of my sense, and my wise words fore-close, then were I dumb of every sentence.

    Roman de Brut. English

  • But neither this nor the wrathful, meaning glances which his cunning mother bent upon him served to curb him.


  • Played with a kind of wrathful quietude by the exquisite Eric Bana,

  • -- and he says this, too, with a kind of wrathful glee.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

  • She tossed her head and compressed her lips, and Shunk Wilson's wrathful and suspicious gaze passed on and rested on Breck.


  • His captors told the tale over and over, each the centre of an excited and wrathful group.


  • It was in such a storm, and the worst that we had experienced, that I cast a weary glance to leeward, not in quest of anything, but more from the weariness of facing the elemental strife, and in mute appeal, almost, to the wrathful powers to cease and let us be.

    Chapter 28


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