[ venj-fuhl ]
/ ˈvɛndʒ fəl /


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 forms

venge·ful·ly, adverbvenge·ful·ness, nounun·venge·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vengeful


/ (ˈvɛndʒfʊl) /


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

Derived Forms

vengefully, adverbvengefulness, noun
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