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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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 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) Your next movie night will be complete with this ’90s psychological thriller starring a vengeful nanny attempting to destroy a former boss’s life. Vogue, "The 10 Best (Barely) Scary Movies to Watch If You Can’t Handle Horror Films," 19 Oct. 2018 The point is not to punish a handful of powerful men to get some kind of vengeful thrill. David Roberts, Vox, "What so many men are missing about #MeToo," 10 Sep. 2018 But there’s been a tangible shift recently in the witch spirit, from benevolent good vibes distributor to vengeful ass-kicker. Aimee Lutkin, Marie Claire, "Charmed, Sabrina, and the Return of the Dark Witch," 6 Sep. 2018 Melton is now crushing it as a more vengeful version of Reggie, and Butler is making us ugly-cry on 13 Reasons Why. refinery29.com, "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

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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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vengeance

vengeant

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venger

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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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