Definition of vendetta
1 : blood feud
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
He waged a personal vendetta against his rivals in the Senate.
Recent Examples of vendetta from the Web
In recent years, China has had several incidents of attackers entering schools and stabbing children, mostly carried out by people that officials say have vendettas against society.
Now, these provisions weren’t intended to empower a president to reverse decades of U.S. trade policy, or engage in personal vendettas.
Below its blustering military surface, the opera explores dark themes like vendettas and subterfuged desire.
Imagine what somebody with a press vendetta and a dim view of the First Amendment would do with that kind of power.
Mr. Trump’s Breitbart posse has a vendetta against Republicans on Capitol Hill and is motivated by brooding resentments that too often veer into white-identity politics.
If Thiel could take down Gawker as a personal vendetta, the voices said, couldn’t Legalist do much the same?
Peter Thiel, the billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has waged a personal vendetta against Gawker Media and financially supported legal action against the media company, is scheduled to speak at the convention.
The one exception is Peter Thiel, the billionaire investor who was last in the news for his vendetta against Gawker.
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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 and Etymology of vendetta
borrowed from Italian, “retribution, revenge, blood feud,” going back to Latin vindicta — more at vindictive
First Known Use: 1855
VENDETTA Defined for English Language Learners
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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