Definition of vindictive in English:

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vindictive

Pronunciation: /vēnˈdiktiv/

adjective

Having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge: the criticism was both vindictive and personalized
More example sentences
  • Never the less, it also makes me extremely bitter and vindictive and say horrid things.
  • Everything conspires to bring out the worst in him as he turns petty, malicious and vindictive.
  • Though Scylla is bent, harsh, and angry, the source of her rage is not vindictive.
Synonyms
vengeful, revengeful, unforgiving, resentful, acrimonious, bitter;
spiteful, mean, rancorous, venomous, malicious, malevolent, nasty, mean-spirited, cruel, unkind
informal catty

Derivatives

vindictively

Pronunciation: /vēnˈdiktivlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The Captain's civilian lawyer has said the charges were vindictively added as part of an effort to cover up the military's mistake and initial overreaction.
  • When Paula vindictively sets up a date for her mother with a kindly old dullard, the film resorts to caricature and grotesque camera effects to persuade us of how unseemly the older gent's needs and desires are.
  • The judge knew we had all these debts and yet he punitively and vindictively imposed these defence costs on us as well.

vindictiveness

Pronunciation: /vēnˈdiktivnis/
noun
Example sentences
  • ‘Venom, vindictiveness, viciousness - that's what this case is about,’ Gunter told the jury.
  • A whole folklore exists about the humiliations, petty vindictiveness, fights and resentments associated with involuntary communal living.
  • This is a policy founded on spite and vindictiveness.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vindicta 'vengeance' + -ive.

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