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vengeful (ˈvɛndʒfʊl Pronunciation for vengeful



  1. desiring revenge; vindictive
  2. characterized by or indicating a desire for revenge   ⇒ a vengeful glance
  3. inflicting or taking revenge   ⇒ with vengeful blows

Derived Forms

ˈvengefully adverb
ˈvengefulness noun


View thesaurus entry
= unforgiving, relentless, avenging, vindictive, punitive, implacable, spiteful, retaliatory, rancorous, thirsting for revenge, revengeful

Example Sentences Including 'vengeful'

First Wives, by the way, has nothing to do with the movie's vengeful wives: First, in this case, means top drawer.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
Ironically, on numerous occasions since 1989, the bjp has been at the receiving end of such vengeful politics.
India Today (1998)
Mrs Roding had indeed had a hard life; more could not have been required of her even by the most vengeful of gods.
Meek, M R D In Remembrance of Rose
She said today the allegations were being made by a woman who had embarked "on a malicious and vengeful campaign against me".
New Zealand Herald (2003)
She tested it on the air, and it whined like a vengeful mosquito.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
There are no evil spirits or vengeful gods to need propitiation, no animal sacrifices, the religion being highly compassionate.
Cooper, J C The Aquarian Dictionary of Festivals
Valentino's vengeful prediction proved entirely accurate: in the next few weeks the haunting of Coldheart Canyon began.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)


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