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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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  • "The prisoner will be taught proper respect immediately," vindictively assured the Scarlet Mask.

  • And then, vindictively: “I presume they are desperadoes—too!”

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • She had never felt so vindictively anxious to see the last of any one in her life.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "I always said your colonel was a bear," says Miss Massereene, vindictively.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • He did not lead his fair companion straight to those authorities, as she vindictively desired, but back to her hotel.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • But, it hastens to add, vindictively, 'generally an old or a rude-mannered one.'

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • Natasha cried, and her eyes glittered coldly and vindictively.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Nicanor came to hate him vindictively, with no reason at all, as he hated all the world just then.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for vindictively


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vindictively



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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