venge·ful | \ˈvenj-fəl \

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 \ adverb
vengefulness noun

Synonyms for vengeful


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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Melton is now crushing it as a more vengeful version of Reggie, and Butler is making us ugly-cry on 13 Reasons Why., "The Real Reason Ross Butler Dropped Riverdale For 13 Reasons Why," 22 May 2018 On learning the extent of her husband’s love for Camilla, Diana turned angry and vengeful. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Duchess’ Review: How to Survive a Royal Romance," 17 May 2018 Her vengeful plot plays out with some help from DVBBS. Kat Bein, Billboard, "DVBBS & blackbear Play Revenge Games in 'IDWK' Video: Watch," 10 July 2018 So said host Tommy Smith on Sunday – a day after a flood of angry callers, upset Facebook posters and vengeful Yelp reviewers began inundating the Gloucester County dining spot. Animating the rage? Jeremy Roebuck,, "Swedesboro restaurant: We absolutely did not kick out Sarah Huckabee Sanders," 24 June 2018 The season, which premieres Tuesday, July 10, brings the competitors to South Africa and forces them to face the consequences of their dirty, vengeful actions from the previous two go-rounds. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Challenge: Final Reckoning," 5 June 2018 Gleeful and vengeful courtroom drama fans took to Twitter today to mock the unflattering sketches emerging from movie mogul Harvey Weinsten’s arraignment. Fox News, "Harvey Weinstein gruesome courtroom sketches revealed," 26 May 2018 But after Max is murdered, Gus grows ruthless, vengeful, and manipulative, and his gentleness morphs into a strategic inscrutability. Matthew Gilbert,, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 Many modern aspects cast them as stand-ins for awkward outcasts rather than vengeful concepts of death and dying. Jef Rouner, Houston Chronicle, "‘Night of the Living Dead’: What a zombie classic says about death in America," 3 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of vengeful

: wanting revenge

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