[ vin-dik-tiv ]
/ vɪnˈdɪk tɪv /
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disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful: a vindictive person.
proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit: vindictive rumors.
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Origin of vindictive
First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin vindict(a) “vengeance” + -ive
synonym study for vindictive
1. See spiteful.
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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How to use vindictive in a sentence
London was famously charismatic, but to those closest to him, he could be vindictively cruel.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013|Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The governor also sued Madigan and vindictively cut funding for the Illinois Arts Council headed by Madigan's wife.I Was a Victim of Blago's Vendetta|Ross Goldberg|December 14, 2008|DAILY BEAST
The Professor stumbled over a stone in the road, and looked back at it vindictively.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
His eyes snapped vindictively as he watched the exultant ruffians.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends|Stanley R. Matthews
Aunt Thatcher, was of course, present, and—as might have been expected—vindictively exultant.
"Again, good," exclaimed Maltravers, whose dark eyes flashed vindictively.Jack Harkaway in New York|Bracebridge Hemyng
Mrs. Failing, after asserting vindictively that it was impossible to make a living out of literature, was courteously left alone.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for vindictive
/ (vɪnˈdɪktɪv) /
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
Derived forms of vindictivevindictively, adverbvindictiveness, noun
Word Origin for vindictive
C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate
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