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[vin-dik-tiv] /vɪnˈdɪk tɪv/
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 forms
vindictively, adverb
vindictiveness, noun
unvindictive, adjective
unvindictively, adverb
unvindictiveness, noun
Can be confused
vindicatory, vindictive.
1. unforgiving. See spiteful.
1. forgiving. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vindictive
  • 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.
  • There's nothing more offensive than a vindictive joke that isn't funny.
  • And its pretty vindictive to judge special needs teachers on a test that's meant to judge average students.
  • The tabloids, affronted at being thwarted in the first place, switched from nudge-nudge admiration mode to vindictive puritanism.
  • But when she became outspoken, he alleges the royal family grew angry and vindictive.
  • Geo, come on, stop being so vindictive and listen to whats going on here.
  • He enjoyed a vindictive pleasure in outraging the opinions of a society which he despised.
British Dictionary definitions for vindictive


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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