[ vin-dik-tiv ]
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  1. disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful: a vindictive person.

  2. proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit: vindictive rumors.

Origin of vindictive

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin vindict(a) “vengeance” + -ive

synonym study For vindictive

1. See spiteful.

Other words for vindictive

Opposites for vindictive

Other words from vindictive

  • vin·dic·tive·ly, adverb
  • vin·dic·tive·ness, noun
  • un·vin·dic·tive, adjective
  • un·vin·dic·tive·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with vindictive

Words Nearby vindictive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vindictive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vindictive


/ (vɪnˈdɪktɪv) /

  1. disposed to seek vengeance

  2. characterized by spite or rancour

  1. English law (of damages) in excess of the compensation due to the plaintiff and imposed in punishment of the defendant

Origin of vindictive

C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate

Derived forms of vindictive

  • vindictively, adverb
  • vindictiveness, noun

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