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[ven-det-uh] /vɛnˈdɛt ə/
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
1850-55; < Italian < Latin vindicta vengeance; see vindictive
Related forms
vendettist, noun Unabridged
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  • He did not proclaim the vendetta against the assassin of his father.

  • 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 Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for vendetta


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
Derived Forms
vendettist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from Latin vindicta, from vindicāre to avenge; see vindicate
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Word Origin and History for vendetta

1855, from Italian vendetta "a feud, blood feud," from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindictive). Especially associated with Corsica.

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