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[vin-dik-tiv] /vɪnˈdɪk tɪv/
disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful:
a vindictive person.
proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit:
vindictive rumors.
Origin of vindictive
1610-20; < Latin vindict(a) vengeance + -ive
Related forms
vindictively, adverb
vindictiveness, noun
unvindictive, adjective
unvindictively, adverb
unvindictiveness, noun
Can be confused
vindicatory, vindictive.
1. unforgiving. See spiteful.
1. forgiving. Unabridged
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  • "I always said your colonel was a bear," says Miss Massereene, vindictively.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • But, it hastens to add, vindictively, 'generally an old or a rude-mannered one.'

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • "'Twould have served 'em right to have gone and left 'em," muttered Benham vindictively.

  • Nicanor came to hate him vindictively, with no reason at all, as he hated all the world just then.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Lloyd chuckled so vindictively that Symonds glanced at him in surprise.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • "I hold you responsible for the death of those men," said Hendry vindictively.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • And then, vindictively: “I presume they are desperadoes—too!”

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • "I've no use for him either," exclaimed Donald vindictively.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
British Dictionary definitions for vindictively


disposed to seek vengeance
characterized by spite or rancour
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vindictively



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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