venge·​ful ˈvenj-fəl How to pronounce vengeful (audio)
: revengeful: such as
: seeking to avenge
: serving to gain vengeance
vengefully adverb
vengefulness noun

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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Word History


venge + -ful entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vengeful was circa 1586

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“Vengeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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venge·​ful ˈvenj-fəl How to pronounce vengeful (audio)
: wanting revenge
vengefully adverb
vengefulness noun

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