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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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., "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

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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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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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