Definition of vendetta in English:


Line breaks: ven|detta
Pronunciation: /vɛnˈdɛtə


1A blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on the murderer or the murderer’s family.
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  • Every family cultivates its vendetta; every clan, its feud.
  • That deadly combination has let loose a wave of vengeance killings, tribal vendettas, mercenary kidnappings and thievery.
  • To reveal the offense would mean dragging his family into an obligatory vendetta.
1.1A prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone: he has accused the British media of pursuing a vendetta against him
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  • There have been personal vendettas pursued that way, though they are rare.
  • Too much space is devoted to accounts of Bajaj's family life and personal vendettas.
  • Mr Obeid blamed a vendetta by two family members for the malicious stories circulating in the media.
feud, blood feud, quarrel, argument, falling-out, wrangle, clash, altercation, dispute, fight, war; bad blood, bitterness, enmity, rivalry, conflict, discord, strife
informal tiff, scrap, spat, ruction, bust-up


mid 19th century: from Italian, from Latin vindicta 'vengeance'.

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