vindictive

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

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin vindict(a) vengeance + -ive

vindictively, adverb
vindictiveness, noun
unvindictive, adjective
unvindictively, adverb
unvindictiveness, noun

vindicatory, vindictive.


1. unforgiving. See spiteful.


1. forgiving.
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vindictive (vɪnˈdɪktɪv)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate]
 
vin'dictively
 
adv
 
vin'dictiveness
 
n

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

vindictiveness
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Example sentences
Besides he's been kept out by spitefulness and vindictiveness.
While there should be no surrender of principle, our task must be undertaken
  wisely and without heedless vindictiveness.
The gunmen's jittery vindictiveness plays into the hands of the strategists who
  control them.
Even when that indignation sharpens into personal vindictiveness, it may still
  be a good symptom, though bad in itself.
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