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revengeful

[ri-venj-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. determined to have revenge; vindictive.
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Origin of revengeful

First recorded in 1580–90; revenge + -ful
Related formsre·venge·ful·ly, adverbre·venge·ful·ness, nounun·re·venge·ful, adjectiveun·re·venge·ful·ly, adverbun·re·venge·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms

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malevolent, malicious, malignant. See spiteful.

Antonyms

forgiving.
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Examples from the Web for revengeful

Historical Examples

  • Though not a revengeful character, he had not that meekness which never resents.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • His malignant and revengeful passions were not so easily laid.

  • They are not talkative and boisterous as these are, but silent, sullen and revengeful.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

  • She was fond of flowers, generous with money, and not revengeful.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He saw that she was jealous, but did not see that she was revengeful.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth


British Dictionary definitions for revengeful

revengeful

adjective
  1. full of or characterized by desire for vengeance; vindictive
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Derived Formsrevengefully, adverbrevengefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for revengeful

adj.

1580s; see revenge (n.) + -ful. Related: Revengefully.

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