vengeful

[venj-fuhl]

adjective

desiring or seeking vengeance; vindictive: a vengeful attitude.
characterized by or showing a vindictive spirit: vengeful intentions.
serving to inflict vengeance: a vengeful killing.

Origin of vengeful

First recorded in 1580–90; shortened form of revengeful
Related formsvenge·ful·ly, adverbvenge·ful·ness, nounun·venge·ful, adjective

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vengeful

adjective

desiring revenge; vindictive
characterized by or indicating a desire for revengea vengeful glance
inflicting or taking revengewith vengeful blows
Derived Formsvengefully, adverbvengefulness, 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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