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

Definition of vengeful

: revengeful: such as
a : seeking to avenge
b : serving to gain vengeance

Other Words from vengeful

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 Who are the people that are so outraged and so afraid of what’s going on, and either vengeful or mindful? Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 25 Sep. 2022 This misrepresentation makes the practice of Vodun seem vengeful and dark compared to the magic the Coven witches use throughout the show. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Allure, 19 Sep. 2022 At the end of Reeves’ film, Paul Dano’s Riddler, his vengeful plot to lay waste to Gotham foiled, or at least mitigated, by Batman, is incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Tony Award-winning dark musical about a vengeful barber and the owner of a failing pie shop, who team up to make some disturbingly delicious meat pies. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 This is a vengeful dark comedy that probes percolating class anxieties (a popular theme in cinema lately). Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2022 In the 2000s, feverishly vengeful Americans imagined themselves as Aragorn hunting Osama bin Laden/Sauron. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2022 Japanese horror lifts the thin curtain between the living and the dead, conjuring up vengeful ghosts and high-tech demons in transgressive tales of madness, mutation, and death. Katie Rife,, 30 July 2022 The movie quickly becomes a thriller with the entrance of a vengeful, hungry lion. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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2 Oct 2022

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“Vengeful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of vengeful

: wanting revenge

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