Vengeful Venge"ful, a. Vindictive; retributive; revengeful. ``Vengeful ire.'' --Milton. -- {Venge"ful*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • vengeful — adjective /ˈvenʒ.fəl/ Vindictive or wanting vengeance. His chains now broken, the prisoner turned a vengeful eye toward his former captors. See Also: avenge, vengeance …   Wiktionary

  • vengeful — venge|ful [ˈvendʒfəl] adj literary [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: venge vengeance (16 17 centuries), from venge to avenge (13 20 centuries), from Old French venger; VENGEANCE] very eager to punish someone who has done something bad ▪ a vengeful god …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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