Origin of vengeful
OTHER WORDS FROM vengefulvenge·ful·ly, adverbvenge·ful·ness, noununvengeful, adjective
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What does vengeful mean?
Vengeful is used to describe someone who is determined to get revenge—retaliation against or punishment of someone for some kind of harm that they caused or wrongdoing that they did (whether real or perceived).
Vengeful can be used to describe people or their actions or attitude.
Revenge often involves an attempt to get even by inflicting similar harm to the person who initially harmed the person seeking revenge. Revenge has several other synonyms that each have different shades of meaning, including retribution, retaliation, and reprisal. But more than these words, revenge implies that such retaliation is personal and motivated by a deep anger and perhaps an obsessive desire to get even. This is often what it means when someone is described as vengeful.
Example: Being vengeful does more damage to you than to the person you are intent on destroying.
Where does vengeful come from?
The first records of the word vengeful come from the late 1500s. It originated as a shortened form of revengeful, whose base word, revenge, comes from the Old French revenger, from the Late Latin revindicāre, from the Latin verb vindicāre, meaning “to protect,” “to avenge,” or “to punish.” The words vengeance, avenge, vindicate, and vindictive are all based on the same root. The re- in revenge and synonyms like retribution, retaliation, and reprisal indicates that these things are done in response or reaction to another action.
People who are described as vengeful are often those who are inclined to seek revenge no matter how small the harm or slight is to begin with. The word often implies that such a person is petty and can’t stand to lose or be treated in a negative way without doing something to get even.
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- vengefulness (noun)
- vengefully (adverb)
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How is vengeful used in real life?
Vengeful can be used to describe people or their actions or attitude. It usually implies that they are unnecessarily spiteful.
"He wanted to destroy everything, and so his dealers made it their duty to bag his paintings quickly, undoubtedly to rescue them from his vengeful and masochistic dissatisfaction."
— The Quietus (@theQuietus) November 19, 2020
I could never wish bad upon an ex, I don’t understand how some people are so vengeful.. like karma will do its job relax baby
— Vianey♡ (@vnamuniz) May 25, 2020
It's cool how, when you don't like someone as a grown-up, you can be vengeful and petty by giving loud and annoying toys to their kids.
— Nadin (@_shewolf13) January 26, 2017
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Which of the following words is a synonym of vengeful?
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How to use vengeful in a sentence
The state will argue, Leitess said, that Ramos was a vengeful narcissist who believed he was smarter than everyone else.Defense experts say Capital Gazette shooter was driven by mental disorders. Prosecutors say he was out for revenge.|Katie Mettler, Emily Davies|July 8, 2021|Washington Post
That depends on your flour, the ambient humidity and, I believe, whether the pie gods are feeling vengeful.America forgot how to make proper pie. Can we remember before it’s too late?|Megan McArdle|July 1, 2021|Washington Post
Gone is her psychotic look and her murderous, vengeful hatred for everything around her.Every ‘Mass Effect’ squadmate, ranked from a storytelling perspective|Jhaan Elker|June 4, 2021|Washington Post
So, better an angry, vengeful, mean God, who punishes a nation because some in it are having sex, than no God at all.Liberian Pastors Blame Ebola on Gays, The Right Blames Obama|Jay Michaelson|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In certain storylines, illegal industrial pollution is just as much a villain as the vengeful monsters it creates.A Political History of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who claim to speak for a vengeful Allah take great delight in smashing idols wherever and whenever they can get to them.
Indeed, once the fire-engine house was taken, everybody seemed impressed by John Brown, rather than infuriated or vengeful.When Robert E. Lee Met John Brown and Saved the Union|Michael Korda|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is part the judgmental aestheticism of my mother hovering in my consciousness like a vengeful Jewish Yoda.
These continued to be represented by their attendants, who executed a deity's stern and vengeful decrees.
Similarly in Babylonia the fragments of this class of literature which survive deal mainly with wicked and vengeful demons.
Trymore and Pringle, goading their horses frantically, were doing their utmost to get away from their vengeful comrades.Motor Matt's Mystery|Stanley R. Matthews
He did smile, a vengeful smile, as he thought of the trouble the black brute had put him to, with the chagrin it had caused him.The Vee-Boers|Mayne Reid
The agency that caused all these to be supplied—crafty, cruel, vengeful—may readily be guessed at.Forging the Blades|Bertram Mitford