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vindictive

[vin-dik-tiv] /vɪnˈdɪk tɪv/
adjective
1.
disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful:
a vindictive person.
2.
proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit:
vindictive rumors.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin vindict(a) vengeance + -ive
Related forms
vindictively, adverb
vindictiveness, noun
unvindictive, adjective
unvindictively, adverb
unvindictiveness, noun
Can be confused
vindicatory, vindictive.
Synonyms
1. unforgiving. See spiteful.
Antonyms
1. forgiving.
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British Dictionary definitions for vindictively

vindictive

/vɪnˈdɪktɪv/
adjective
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
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 vindictively

vindictive

adj.

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

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