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vengeful

adjective uk   /ˈvendʒ.fəl/ formal us  
expressing a strong wish to punish someone who has harmed you or your family or friends: She sprayed red paint all over his car in one last vengeful act before leaving him for good.Revenge and vengefulness
vengefully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
vengefulness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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