wroth O.E. wrað "angry" (lit. "tormented, twisted”), from P.Gmc. *wraithaz (Cf. O.Fris. wreth "evil," O.S. wred, M.Du. wret, Du. wreed "cruel," O.H.G. reid, O.N. reiðr "angry, offended"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn" (see WREATH (Cf. wreath)). Rare or obsolete from early 16c. to mid-19c., but somewhat revived since, especially in dignified writing, or this exchange:
Secretary: "The Dean is furious. He's waxing wroth."
Quincy Adams Wagstaf [Groucho]: "Is Roth out there too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while."
["Horse Feathers," 1932]

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