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.
- ven·det·tist, noun
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How to use vendetta in a sentence
This solution, however, could lead to collective bullying, in which a group with a vendetta could mass-report a real individual to get them de-verified and stripped of their deposit.Why Elon Musk's Plans to 'Fix' Twitter Will Be Harder to Implement Than He Thinks | Andrew R. Chow | April 26, 2022 | Time
Rodgers has a famously mercurial personality, and personal vendettas seem to motivate him.What If Chasing Rivals Keeps Aaron Rodgers In Green Bay? We Made A Metric For That. | Josh Hermsmeyer | July 26, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
An executive pursuing a petty vendetta against a lower-ranking professional in someone else’s department says more about him than about you.
Not only do we have our own personal judgment and vendetta against ourselves, but we also have to read and hear these voices online all the time.Chrissy Teigen quits Twitter, saying it ‘no longer serves me as positively’ | Travis Andrews | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
He had escaped impeachment in early 2020 even though the evidence was overwhelming that he’d corruptly tried to hijack American foreign policy to pursue personal political vendettas.The Right’s Message to Silicon Valley: 'Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee' | David French | January 16, 2021 | Time
Without a critical mass of media, the politicians can get away with claiming the Atlanta paper has a vendetta against them.
Could a mind-boggling vendetta be behind the ricin letters sent to Obama and Wicker?Paul Kevin Curtis and J. Everett Dutschke: Epic Feud and Ricin Letters | Winston Ross | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She became the victim of an unprecedented national vendetta jointly spearheaded by the press and her political opponents.
She depicts the conflict between Roosevelt and Lindbergh to influence public opinion as a venomous vendetta.
This referendum is no different and is literally the result of a personal vendetta.
Some account of the vendetta should not be omitted and illustrations from Prosper Mérimée's "Colomba" may be read aloud.The Complete Club Book for Women | Caroline French Benton
It is a vendetta which has been handed down from the remotest antiquity, and is as bitter now as in any past generation.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
Pietro Andrei was in the way, and a little subtle revival of a forgotten vendetta secured his removal.The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman
The people were getting more civilized and the vendetta was dying out.
The companion picture, called La vendetta, portrayed a widely different scene and circumstance.Tales from "Blackwood" | Various
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
- vendettist, noun
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