re·​venge·​ful ri-ˈvenj-fəl How to pronounce revengeful (audio)
: full of or prone to revenge : determined to get even
revengefully adverb
revengefulness noun

Examples of revengeful in a Sentence

the minister urged his congregation to be less revengeful and more forgiving in spirit
Recent Examples on the Web Artemis was revengeful toward anyone who trespassed in wild nature, and trespassing could mean neglect, like not paying your dues. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, 20 June 2023 Bold, angry, and revengeful. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 The period film, based on a true story, follows a man who saw his parents get murdered by German soldiers during WW1 in 1914, and becomes a revengeful member of the resistance during WWII, turning a local Belgian newspaper into a patriotic and satirical tract aimed at fighting the Nazis. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 The club came back with wins over Heights Norhill and a revengeful victory over Post Oak on Sunday, but leaving the bases loaded three times is going to all but ruin any team’s hopes for a big win. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 9 July 2019 With that defeat still fresh, the Lady Deer were very much in a revengeful mood. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 3 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revengeful was in 1570

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“Revengeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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