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vindictive

[vin-dik-tiv] /vɪnˈdɪk tɪv/
adjective
1.
disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful:
a vindictive person.
2.
proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit:
vindictive rumors.
Origin of vindictive
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin vindict(a) vengeance + -ive
Related forms
vindictively, adverb
vindictiveness, noun
unvindictive, adjective
unvindictively, adverb
unvindictiveness, noun
Can be confused
vindicatory, vindictive.
Synonyms
1. unforgiving. See spiteful.
Antonyms
1. forgiving.
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  • And it's the devil's own labour I've had to prevail upon them not to be vindictive.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Such were the sops with which he sought to quench his vindictive rage.

  • He was no longer bitter and vindictive, as he had been in the days of his degradation.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • If she was vengeful and vindictive, it was what the country had made her.

  • But that man Granger must have been a vindictive brute to carry it so far.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
British Dictionary definitions for vindictive

vindictive

/vɪnˈdɪktɪv/
adjective
1.
disposed to seek vengeance
2.
characterized by spite or rancour
3.
(English law) (of damages) in excess of the compensation due to the plaintiff and imposed in punishment of the defendant
Derived Forms
vindictively, adverb
vindictiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate
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Word Origin and History for vindictive
adj.

1610s, from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindication). Related: Vindictively.

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