venge·​ful | \ ˈvenj-fəl How to pronounce vengeful (audio) \

Definition of vengeful

: revengeful: such as
a : seeking to avenge
b : serving to gain vengeance

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vengefully \ ˈvenj-​fə-​lē How to pronounce vengefully (audio) \ adverb
vengefulness noun

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Examples of vengeful in a Sentence

The robbery was committed by a vengeful former employee. The fire was a vengeful act of destruction.
Recent Examples on the Web Mandy Patinkin, who played the vengeful swordsman in the original film, should be proud. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "The New Princess Bride Remake Stars Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas and a Bunch of Other Celebrities," 27 June 2020 Mitt Romney, alone with his principles, and Trump, angry, vengeful, and unconstrained by any constitutional threat. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Wrenching Truth About Mitt Romney’s Vote Is That It Doesn’t Matter," 6 Feb. 2020 Keenen Ivory Wayans directed this sendup of slasher films in which a vengeful killer stalks a group of nubile teens. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The Supreme Court ducked its first Second Amendment case in a decade on Monday, and the only plausible explanation is that Chief Justice John Roberts wanted to avoid becoming a target of vengeful Senate Democrats. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Chief Justice Ducks on Gun Rights," 27 Apr. 2020 Which means Reddington can be benevolent to the righteous — and vengeful to the wicked. Jodi Walker,, "The Blacklist recap: This time, it's personal," 18 Apr. 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide Is this cruel irony the work of vengeful heavens? Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Mermaids, mayhem, and masturbation: The Lighthouse is now on Amazon Prime," 16 Apr. 2020 The plot follows a pretty straight line, as Clover and the brothers call in favors across the underworld, while ducking a vengeful boss. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Derivative, sure, but ‘Clover’ makes its Martin Scorsese/Quentin Tarantino moves work," 2 Apr. 2020 With a choir of powerhouse singers adding joyful noise, Sister Margaret’s fall is set in motion by the preacher’s blindness to her own weaknesses and a venomous congregation’s vengeful schemes. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of vengeful

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vengeful

venge + -ful entry 1

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The first known use of vengeful was circa 1586

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9 Jul 2020

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“Vengeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vengeful

: feeling or showing a desire to harm someone who has harmed you : feeling or showing a desire for vengeance


venge·​ful | \ ˈvenj-fəl How to pronounce vengeful (audio) \

Kids Definition of vengeful

: wanting revenge

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