Definition of revengeful in English:



  • Eager for revenge.

    ‘the average Briton is not naturally vindictive and revengeful’
    • ‘Vindictive, unforgiving and revengeful, Susan did her utmost to make certain the only other woman remaining in the contest wouldn't win.’
    • ‘But I do think he is a man who bears a grudge, who is a man who is vindictive and revengeful and, I have to say, so does Mr Burton.…’
    • ‘The most revengeful way to humiliate a family against whom disputes are pending is to subject the womenfolk in that family to crimes that rob them of their honour and dignity and bring them disrepute.’
    • ‘Hollywood and the music industry paints young people and guns as a dangerous mix - slow thinking, revengeful, thrill-seeking - a combination of hip gangster and Billy the Kid.’
    • ‘After suffering their heaviest defeat in more than a decade losing 54-0 to Diggers, fourth-placed Roan should be in revengeful mood against Ndola Wanderers.’
    • ‘Turning on the shower until the water was steaming hot, and the spray felt like needles, Deb stepped inside, and let the murderous, revengeful feelings scour her.’
    • ‘She could almost hear some revengeful opponent state triumphantly ‘Checkmate,’ as the neat graph of her life crumbled.’
    • ‘People do not have to accept a jealous, revengeful God who destroys enemies, kills women and children, and imposes punishment on generations.’
    • ‘Soon it became exciting, the thrill of doing something that we could get into trouble for and for me it was a revengeful out cry towards my parents, especially my father.’
    • ‘The Yellow Emperor speaks of revengeful retaliation.’
    • ‘As a result, Langley has a revengeful trait of character and a mercenary streak.’
    • ‘Could the devil be working through the revengeful gravedigger, or had the wine master simply added too many chemicals by mistake?’
    • ‘I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in.’
    • ‘When he was a boy he was always violent and revengeful.’
    • ‘Maybe I don't have anything to be revengeful about, Namiel thought.’
    • ‘Rules exist to be violated, so that the ‘bastard’ may be more violently characterized and the audience engaged in revengeful fury.’
    • ‘Once this revengeful act was done, Aegisthus crowned himself king of Argos with Clytaemnestra as his queen.’
    • ‘He felt quite guilty for these revengeful thoughts, but in the end concluded that the severe humbling would do her good.’
    • ‘Who knew band nerds could be such a hostile, even revengeful and aggressive, group?’
    • ‘For know that I am proud and revengeful and lascivious, and I prate even as thou.’
    vengeful, out for revenge, revengeful, avenging, unforgiving, grudge-bearing, resentful, ill-disposed, implacable, unrelenting, acrimonious, bitter



/rɪˈvɛn(d)ʒfʊl/ /rɪˈvɛn(d)ʒf(ə)l/