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OTHER WORDS FROM vindictivevin·dic·tive·ly, adverbvin·dic·tive·ness, nounun·vin·dic·tive, adjectiveun·vin·dic·tive·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vindictivevindicatory, vindictive
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What does vindictive mean?
A person described as vindictive is usually someone who holds a grudge and who always tries to get back at people who they think have wronged them in some way. Vindictive people retaliate against others for any insult or perceived slight. Vindictive people do not let things go.
The word is always used negatively to imply criticism of such people or actions.
Example: I’ve never seen someone so vindictive—he’s obsessed with getting back at everyone who has ever slighted him, even when it happened years ago.
Where does vindictive come from?
The first records of the word vindictive come from the early 1600s. It comes from the Latin vindicta, meaning “revenge,” from the verb vindicāre, “to vindicate.”
A single action can be called vindictive if it’s particularly spiteful. But the word is most commonly used to describe people who show a pattern of seeking revenge for even the slightest slights, even those that were unintended. The retaliation of a vindictive person can come in many forms, but you can be pretty sure that it will come in some form. That’s because vindictive people do not forgive and forget.
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What are some other forms of vindictive?
- vindictively (adverb)
- vindictiveness (noun)
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How is vindictive used in real life?
Vindictive is always used negatively to criticize someone for being focused on revenge.
At every setback, you have the opportunity to show who you really are:
Do you turn vindictive, and use the opportunity to inflict as much pain as possible?
Do you dig deep and act with fairness, compassion and generosity?
True character is forged in the furnace of hardship
— Omar Kassim (@okassim) September 9, 2020
Why are people so vindictive on social media
— Susan (@susaninBA1) September 13, 2020
Some people are vindictive in advance.
They imagine how they'll be wronged and then decide how they will punish those who, thus far, have done nothing to harm them.
And they appear to take great pleasure in administering this premature, imaginary punishment. ( "I'll show them!" )
— J. D. Landis (@J_D_Landis) June 17, 2020
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How to use vindictive in a sentence
She has corroborating evidence—but not too much evidence because that would indicate she’s vindictive and planned to speak out.The Depp-Heard Trial Perpetuates the Myth of the Perfect Victim|Eliana Dockterman|June 2, 2022|Time
Kempfer also pointed to Putin's KGB background and his penchant for being ruthlessly vindictive against any perceived threat.How U.S. Special Forces Can Fight Putin Without Starting World War III|Jeremy Kryt|February 28, 2022|The Daily Beast
Many were included in Snyder’s needlessly vindictive legal filings against his former executive Bruce Allen, amid his feuding with former partners.The NFL is paying the price for underestimating its Daniel Snyder problem|Sally Jenkins|October 29, 2021|Washington Post
Witnesses also described an environment in the governor’s office that was abusive and vindictive, with one of the women who came forward targeted for retaliation through the release of her personnel file, investigators said.Former New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo accused in misdemeanor complaint of forcible touching, court says|Felicia Sonmez, Josh Dawsey|October 29, 2021|Washington Post
Preening, arrogant, vindictive, and inexorable; awash with cash; corrupt; in bed with corporate America and big finance.Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism|James Poulos|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A lady developer was harassed by her vindictive ex-boyfriend.Gaming Misogyny Gets Infinite Lives: Zoe Quinn, Virtual Rape, and Sexism|Amanda Marcotte|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The double standard of sexualization is hypocritical at best and ineffectively vindictive at worse.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard|Emily Shire|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ever had a petty and vindictive boss, competent only at deflecting blame for his own shortcomings?
One person who could feel vindictive toward Greig, but does not, is Teresa Stanley.Whitey Bulger’s Women: Inside the Terror and Glamour of His Ex-Girlfriends|T.J. English|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Felton retired from the service with the rank of lieutenant, disgusted and vindictive at having juniors promoted over his head.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
Yes, it is vindictive, I know; one does not grow tender towards the enemy at the grave of Ellen Jervis.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
What other passion than frenzied pride can render men so ferocious, so vindictive, so devoid of toleration and gentleness?Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
And I wont have to kill an uncle to do it, either, he added, with a vindictive glance at OLeary as he left the room.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
To master with more certainty her understanding, they would render her austere, intolerant, and vindictive.Letters To Eugenia|Paul Henri Thiry Holbach