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 vengefully (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 Mr Putin looked like an ageing autocrat, vengeful, arrogant and bored. The Economist, "An awful week for Vladimir Putin," 12 Dec. 2019 The first woman to actively participate in the politics of the Greek peninsula, Olympias was murderous and vengeful, like the men in her life. National Geographic, "Who's the mom behind a 'great' person?," 9 Dec. 2019 Olympias was murderous, vengeful, and brave—much like her male kin—but history has not treated her as grandly. National Geographic, "Alexander the Great's warrior mom wielded unprecedented power," 3 Dec. 2019 But doing all that while fighting off an ancient—and vengeful—tribe of Native American spirits who only show themselves on Thanksgiving? Wired, "The 20 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes, Ranked," 27 Nov. 2019 From a desperate serial killer in Monster to a vengeful desert warrior in Mad Max: Fury Road to a dazed and depressed mother in Tully, Charlize Theron has built a career upon playing darkly fascinating women. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Charlize Theron on the Fight for Financing and Her Transformation for 'Bombshell'," 8 Nov. 2019 Why, then, the vengeful obsession with exposing the whistle-blower? Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Why Is Trump Obsessed with Outing the Whistle-Blower?," 7 Nov. 2019 Trulia also discovered that if a house was haunted, buyers would rather it be possessed by a vengeful ghost than a demon. Lew Sichelman | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication,, "Boo! Who wants to live where someone has died?," 25 Oct. 2019 Nick Cartell superbly embodies every facet of Valjean’s character — from angry, vengeful young man to repentant middle-age man to noble elder. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Les Miserables’: A beautiful message, beautifully told | Review," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vengeful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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