Definition of revengeful in US English:



  • Eager for revenge.

    • ‘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.…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rules exist to be violated, so that the ‘bastard’ may be more violently characterized and the audience engaged in revengeful fury.’
    • ‘He felt quite guilty for these revengeful thoughts, but in the end concluded that the severe humbling would do her good.’
    • ‘Maybe I don't have anything to be revengeful about, Namiel thought.’
    • ‘The Yellow Emperor speaks of revengeful retaliation.’
    • ‘Vindictive, unforgiving and revengeful, Susan did her utmost to make certain the only other woman remaining in the contest wouldn't win.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who knew band nerds could be such a hostile, even revengeful and aggressive, group?’
    • ‘When he was a boy he was always violent and revengeful.’
    • ‘As a result, Langley has a revengeful trait of character and a mercenary streak.’
    • ‘For know that I am proud and revengeful and lascivious, and I prate even as thou.’
    • ‘Once this revengeful act was done, Aegisthus crowned himself king of Argos with Clytaemnestra as his queen.’
    • ‘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.’
    vengeful, out for revenge, avenging, unforgiving, grudge-bearing, resentful, ill-disposed, implacable, unrelenting, acrimonious, bitter
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