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.
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Example sentences
Second, you indicate that you believe the requester has some kind of a
  vindictive or malicious motive.
Criticism is silently belittled as political disagreement, a settling of
  scores, as vindictive.
He was neurotic, vindictive and insensitive as well as charming, charismatic
  and full of warmth.
The evidence points to trickery and vindictive cruelty.
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