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
Even now, with our vindictive, unstable president’s approval ratings hovering at historically low levels, companies are afraid to make an enemy of him.
Even if he'd been beaten up, then the Muslims of Finsbury Park would have been portrayed as these bloodthirsty, vindictive radicals.
For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign.
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However, this is not a day of celebration for Dr. Dao, who is neither vindictive nor happy about [Inspector General Joseph] Ferguson’s findings.
Kushner can be vicious and vindictive, and his driving philosophy is to always support family no matter what—even at the expense of his beliefs and friends.
Konopka told Ars that JM's father worked for one of the larger medical facilities in the region, New London Hospital, and that the complaint was seemingly vindictive against her.
During his lifetime, public attitudes toward homosexuality in England were growing more hostile and vindictive.
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