adjective \vin-ˈdik-tiv\

: having or showing a desire to hurt someone who has hurt or caused problems for you

Full Definition of VINDICTIVE

a :  disposed to seek revenge :  vengeful
b :  intended for or involving revenge
:  intended to cause anguish or hurt :  spiteful
vin·dic·tive·ly adverb
vin·dic·tive·ness noun

Examples of VINDICTIVE

  1. <be careful not to annoy the vindictive old woman who lives down the street>
  2. Well, maybe actually waging vendettas is a bad idea, but to be known for your vindictiveness can be a great advantage, for then people will take care not to cross you. And maybe the surest way of acquiring a reputation for vindictiveness is actually to be vindictive. —David Papineau, New York Times Book Review, 11 May 1997


Latin vindicta revenge, vindication, from vindicare
First Known Use: 15th century


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