vengeful

[ venj-fuhl ]
/ ˈvɛndʒ fəl /

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.

Nearby words

  1. veneziano, domenico,
  2. venezuela,
  3. venezuelan,
  4. venge,
  5. vengeance,
  6. vengefully,
  7. veni, vidi, vici,
  8. veni-,
  9. venial,
  10. venial sin

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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British Dictionary definitions for vengefulness

vengeful

/ (ˈvɛndʒfʊl) /

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 vengefulness

vengeful

adj.

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

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