vendetta

noun ven·det·ta \ ven-ˈde-tə \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of vendetta

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

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Examples of vendetta in a Sentence

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

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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 and Etymology of vendetta

borrowed from Italian, "retribution, revenge, blood feud," going back to Latin vindicta — more at vindictive

VENDETTA Defined for English Language Learners

vendetta

noun

Definition of vendetta for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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