vengeful

adjective
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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Other Words from vengeful

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

Synonyms for vengeful

Synonyms

revengeful, vindictive

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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.

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The supple, sensational voice of Jennifer Myor takes on two: Hannah Chaplin, mother filled with powers of observation and emotional sensitivity, and Hedda Hopper, vengeful, self-righteous gossip columnist. cleveland.com, "The arts help us honor the past and envision the future: Sun Messages," 6 July 2019 The nation’s politics are not only driven by a vengeful, paranoid demagogue who has exacerbated white fears of demographic change and strives to reënshrine archaic bigotries. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 Authorities around the county occasionally get similar hoax reports of serious crimes aimed at getting a SWAT team sent to a home, often for a vengeful reason. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Apparent ‘swatting’ incident called in to Coronado home.," 14 June 2019 This aching nervousness brings on the vengeful and paranoid. . . Armond White, National Review, "Morrissey’s California Son Makes Protest Music Personal," 5 June 2019 Paul Lendvai portrays him as ruthless, absolutely relentless in the pursuit of power, and, on many occasions, outright vengeful. Paul Lendvai, The New York Review of Books, "Jan-Werner Müller," 5 Apr. 2018 In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the riverlands. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "'Game of Thrones' Fans Think Catelyn Stark Could Return as Lady Stoneheart Still," 21 Apr. 2019 Today’s Democrats speak in hyperbole, ignore good economic news and visible problems, wage vengeful vendettas, appeal to emotion and engage in appeasement and subterfuge to hide their true motives and agenda. WSJ, "The ‘Character Issue’ Spares Neither Party," 15 Mar. 2019 Edward II’s life has everything: a cadre of scheming barons, a vengeful queen, Edward’s own dramatic deposition. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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Dictionary Entries near vengeful

vengeable

vengeance

vengeant

vengeful

venger

V-engine

venia aetatis

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The first known use of vengeful was circa 1586

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vengeful

adjective

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

vengeful

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

Kids Definition of vengeful

: wanting revenge

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