- a private feud in which the members of the family of a murdered person seek to avenge the murder by killing the slayer or one of the slayer's relatives, especially such vengeance as once practiced in Corsica and parts of Italy.
- any prolonged and bitter feud, rivalry, contention, or the like: a political vendetta.
Origin of vendetta
Examples from the Web for vendetta
Without a critical mass of media, the politicians can get away with claiming the Atlanta paper has a vendetta against them.Who’s Watching Your Statehouse? No One.
July 19, 2014
We are talking about a man who has committed horrible crimes…It is a vendetta against all LAPD and law enforcement.L.A.'s Rogue Ex-Cop Posted Crazed Facebook Manifesto
February 7, 2013
“A vendetta for that would have happened three years ago, not now,” Albiera Antinori told The Daily Beast.Vendetta in the Vineyard: Cult Brunello Producer Loses All His Wine
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 8, 2012
Has she ever shaved her head for a role a la Natalie Portman in V is for Vendetta or Demi Moore in G.I. Jane?Lights, Camera, Cocktails
September 17, 2011
The queen has a vendetta against the patriarchal royalty system—or how kings replace queens with younger and younger women.Rival Studios In 'Snow White' Face-Off
June 2, 2011
He did not proclaim the vendetta against the assassin of his father.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
He was hers by marriage, and in marrying her had wedded the vendetta.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Revenge, Avenger, Retribution, Vendetta; none appealed to him.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
If ever I were in any vendetta business I should pick Gaspard first.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
And is that impossible person, Mr. Marcus Stepney, also in the vendetta?The Angel of Terror
- a private feud, originally between Corsican or Sicilian families, in which the relatives of a murdered person seek vengeance by killing the murderer or some member of his family
- any prolonged feud, quarrel, etc
Word Origin and History for vendetta
1855, from Italian vendetta "a feud, blood feud," from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindictive). Especially associated with Corsica.