Definition of vengeful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈvendʒfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvendʒfl//
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showing a desire to punish somebody who has harmed you He was not a vengeful man. What had he done to make Jane so vengeful and bitter? Word Originlate 16th cent.: from obsolete venge ‘avenge’ (from Old French venger ‘avenge’), on the pattern of revengeful.
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