- 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
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1. unforgiving. See spiteful.
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Examples from the Web for vindictively
London was famously charismatic, but to those closest to him, he could be vindictively cruel.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013
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The governor also sued Madigan and vindictively cut funding for the Illinois Arts Council headed by Madigan's wife.I Was a Victim of Blago's Vendetta
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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
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"'Twould have served 'em right to have gone and left 'em," muttered Benham vindictively.A Waif of the Plains
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
- 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
C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate
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Word Origin and History for vindictively
1610s, from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindication). Related: Vindictively.
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