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vengeful

Syllabification: venge·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈvenjfəl
 
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Definition of vengeful in English:

adjective

Seeking to harm someone in return for a perceived injury: a vengeful ex-con
More example sentences
  • Holly Hunter makes her British stage debut, playing a vengeful woman returning to rural Ireland.
  • The plot line about the vengeful Temple merchants seeking Jesus' death has been removed.
  • It is well known that vengeful ex-cons have hunted down the cops who busted them.
Synonyms
vindictive, revengeful, out for revenge, unforgiving, on the warpath

Origin

late 16th century: from obsolete venge 'avenge' (see vengeance), on the pattern of revengeful.

Derivatives

vengefully

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘You'll be all right,’ soothes Kim vengefully.
  • In Cookie Jar, he's vengefully addressing an acquaintance whose ‘house is only made of cards’.
  • Arca sneered dangerously at the poster, but it was Anani who murmured vengefully, ‘She bears the Chancellor's crop.’

vengefulness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • In fact, intolerance of others’ scepticism, along with vengefulness, is a typical trait of paranoia patients.
  • A triumphant outcome for the USA from the Iraqi situation will be a disaster for the EU since it will inevitably be accompanied by vengefulness.
  • Ethics have to be free of vengefulness and rashness.

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