- 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 vindictiveness
The next time it came about, friendship, and not vindictiveness, was the cause.The Boy Life of Napoleon
But they had not saved him from the vindictiveness of Gustavus.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
She was no longer alone and abandoned to the vindictiveness of rude and violent men.Mistress Wilding
There was a vindictiveness in these crimes which no plea can extenuate.The Land We Live In
He turned slowly back with baffled anger and vindictiveness.Susy, A Story of the Plains
- 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 vindictiveness
1610s, from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindication). Related: Vindictively.
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