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 vengeful (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 Virtue, feeling vengeful and tasting power, grows manic—dogmatic, dangerous. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 19 July 2021 But, unlike Keanu Reeves’s vengeful hitman, Robin isn’t out for revenge, just for his pig. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 17 July 2021 The distraught, vengeful Rob calls up Amir, and the two head into the city on a journey that takes them to posh restaurants and underground fight clubs in their efforts to locate Apple. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Season 3's vengeful-surfer killing of Marissa (Mischa Barton) could have ended the show — or pushed into outright melodrama. Darren Franich,, 29 June 2021 The defense characterized the government theory as a crazy quilt of bad inferences, perjured testimony and junk science, stitched together in a vengeful bid to destroy a criminal defense attorney whose only crime was doing his job too well. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 The eastern Utah property, the subject of an online photo show organized by the University of Maryland Art Gallery, evokes the Navajo myth of a vengeful shaman who can assume the forms of other creatures. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 Of course, Hoovy unknowingly returns to his reality several decades later, and is instantly murdered by his vengeful son, who has spent the entirety of his miserable life waiting for his absent father to return. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 21 June 2021 There’s no shortage of advice for bedtime procrastinators and the non-vengeful sleep-deprived: Avoid late caffeine., 18 June 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Vengeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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