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vindictive

[ vin-dik-tiv ]
/ vɪnˈdɪk tɪv /
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adjective
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 vindictive

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vindictive

vindicatory, vindictive
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British Dictionary definitions for vindictive

vindictive
/ (vɪnˈdɪktɪv) /

adjective
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 vindictive

vindictively, adverbvindictiveness, noun

Word Origin for vindictive

C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate
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