disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful: a vindictive person.
proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit: vindictive rumors.

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

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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 Formsvindictively, adverbvindictiveness, noun

Word Origin for vindictive

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

from vindictive + -ness.



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

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