One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Characterized by a desire for revenge; vengeful, vindictive; avenging.
2Worthy or capable of being revenged. rare after 17th cent.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. Either from revenge + -able, or from re- + vengeable [adverb], after revenge.
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