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vendetta

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noun ven·det·ta \ven-ˈde-tə\

Simple Definition of vendetta

  • : a very long and violent fight between two families or groups

  • : a series of acts done by someone over a long period of time to cause harm to a disliked person or group

Full Definition of vendetta

  1. 1 :  blood feud

  2. 2 :  an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts <waged a personal vendetta against those who opposed his nomination>

Examples of vendetta

  1. He waged a personal vendetta against his rivals in the Senate.



Origin of vendetta

Italian, literally, revenge, from Latin vindicta — more at vindictive


First Known Use: 1855



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