Examples of vindictive in a Sentence
- 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
- And though his [John Simon's] caustic wit can sometimes sound more personally vindictive than objectively critical, it allows him to plow through a lot of literary pretentiousness. —Andrea Barnet, New York Times Book Review, 19 Mar. 1989
- The bear, seen in many aspects as humanlike, was subject to ambivalent attitudes: mainly, he was seen as a stand-in for benevolent supernaturals, but sometimes also as a dangerous and at times a vindictive and harmful one. —William W. Fitzhugh & Aron Crowell, Crossroads of Continents, 1988
- A machine gun lashed at him from across the river. … In the darkness, it spat a vindictive white light like an acetylene torch, and its sound was terrifying. —Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead, 1948
- In observing so long a silence I have been influenced much more by a vindictive purpose,—a purpose to punish you for your suspicion that I could possibly feel myself hurt or offended by any critical suggestion of yours … —William Cowper 26 Feb. 1791, in William Cowper's Letters, Edward Verrall Lucas, editor, 1924
- It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive. —W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919
be careful not to annoy the vindictive old woman who lives down the street
Recent Examples of vindictive from the Web
For a moment, Min felt a vindictive joy that the girls already knew to keep the truth about him from the world.
Bennett argued the charges were politically motivated and said she was prosecuted for vindictive and retaliatory reasons.
Instead, Bala frog-marches readers toward a foregone conclusion: The government is vindictive; the refugees, innocent.
The civilians expected to leave Harasta include family members of rebels and as well as activists and others who do not trust the government’s vindictive security services to grant them amnesty.
Maybe that's because, in a post #MeToo world, Erica's vindictive quest holds echoes of the fears voiced by so many men that this all could go too far; that they could be wrongly accused, found guilty, and sentenced before being allowed due process.
Newman said the refusal to let Lindecrantz testify on her own terms shows that the court is being vindictive.
Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attacks on federal law enforcement turned even more vindictive over a series of jarring events last weekend.
If a woman reports her ex for stealing from her, who’s to say she’s not just brokenhearted and vindictive?
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Origin and Etymology of vindictive
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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: having or showing a desire to hurt someone who has hurt or caused problems for you
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