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  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.
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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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Related Words for vengeful

antagonistic, vindictive, hostile, implacable, inimical, punitive, relentless, revengeful, spiteful, unforgiving, rancorous, retaliatory

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British Dictionary definitions for vengeful


  1. desiring revenge; vindictive
  2. characterized by or indicating a desire for revengea vengeful glance
  3. inflicting or taking revengewith vengeful blows
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Derived Formsvengefully, adverbvengefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vengeful


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

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