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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Vendetta has been getting even in English since the mid-19th century. English speakers borrowed vendetta, spelling and all, from Italian, in which it means "revenge." It ultimately traces to the Latin verb vindicare, which means "to lay claim to" or "to avenge." That Latin word is also in the family tree of many other English terms related to getting even, including avenge, revenge, vengeance, vindicate, and vindictive.

Origin of vendetta

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


First Known Use: 1855



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