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vindictive

[vin-dik-tiv]
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adjective
  1. disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful: a vindictive person.
  2. proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit: vindictive rumors.
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Origin of vindictive

1610–20; < Latin vindict(a) vengeance + -ive
Related formsvin·dic·tive·ly, adverbvin·dic·tive·ness, nounun·vin·dic·tive, adjectiveun·vin·dic·tive·ly, adverbun·vin·dic·tive·ness, noun
Can be confusedvindicatory vindictive

Synonyms

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1. unforgiving. See spiteful.

Antonyms

1. forgiving.
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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.'

  • "'Twould have served 'em right to have gone and left 'em," muttered Benham vindictively.

  • Nicanor came to hate him vindictively, with no reason at all, as he hated all the world just then.

  • Lloyd chuckled so vindictively that Symonds glanced at him in surprise.

    The Lost Despatch

    Natalie Sumner Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for vindictively

vindictive

adjective
  1. disposed to seek vengeance
  2. characterized by spite or rancour
  3. English law (of damages) in excess of the compensation due to the plaintiff and imposed in punishment of the defendant
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Derived Formsvindictively, adverbvindictiveness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate
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Word Origin and History for vindictively

vindictive

adj.

1610s, from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindication). Related: Vindictively.

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