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vengeful

[venj-fuh l] /ˈvɛndʒ fəl/
adjective
1.
desiring or seeking vengeance; vindictive:
a vengeful attitude.
2.
characterized by or showing a vindictive spirit:
vengeful intentions.
3.
serving to inflict vengeance:
a vengeful killing.
Origin of vengeful
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; shortened form of revengeful
Related forms
vengefully, adverb
vengefulness, noun
unvengeful, adjective
Synonyms
1. revengeful, spiteful.
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vengeful

/ˈvɛndʒfʊl/
adjective
1.
desiring revenge; vindictive
2.
characterized by or indicating a desire for revenge: a vengeful glance
3.
inflicting or taking revenge: with vengeful blows
Derived Forms
vengefully, adverb
vengefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vengeful
adj.

1580s, from obsolete venge "take revenge" + -ful. Related: Vengefully; vengefulness.

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