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[rath-fuh l, rahth- or, esp. British, rawth-] /ˈræθ fəl, ˈrɑθ- or, esp. British, ˈrɔθ-/
very angry; ireful; full of wrath:
They trembled before the wrathful queen.
characterized by or showing wrath:
wrathful words.
Origin of wrathful
1250-1300; Middle English; see wrath, -ful
Related forms
wrathfully, adverb
wrathfulness, noun
unwrathful, adjective
unwrathfully, adverb
unwrathfulness, noun
1. irate, furious, raging, incensed, enraged. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wrathfully
Historical Examples
  • “I thought there was something wrong with those men,” exclaimed Hamp, wrathfully.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Why couldn't they leave a fellow alone, I said wrathfully to myself.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Captain Elkanah wrathfully ordered the flags to be removed from the horses' heads and from the dashboard.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The doctor straightened up and Roberto scowled at him wrathfully.

  • "It was not done on purpose," interposed Mr. Hamblin, wrathfully.

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

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • "He's the most impudent brat I ever saw in my life," muttered Miss Octavia wrathfully.

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

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • "Reel nothing," said John, wrathfully, from the middle of the pool.

    Two in a Zoo Curtis Dunham
  • "There'll be an explosion one of these days," he said wrathfully.

British Dictionary definitions for wrathfully


full of wrath; raging or furious
resulting from or expressing wrath
Also (informal) wrathy
Derived Forms
wrathfully, adverb
wrathfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wrathfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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