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
While Taylor's vindictive lyrics are subject to interpretation, they are remarkably well-suited to the characters of Shondaland, who've been made to do plenty of things — treason, murder, adultery, perjury, more murder.
For Carter the larger motive was money, not through any great eagerness on Lizzie’s part to inherit her father’s fortune but rather in reaction to the man’s miserliness: his meanness of spirit as well as his vindictive frugality.
But Greenberg’s response of trespassing her appears childishly vindictive.
Even Republican supporters have tired of his unseemly Twitter rants—tweets that reveal a petty, vindictive narcissist who is enraged when people don’t share his high opinion of himself.
In 2014, within six months of taking over City Hall, de Blasio was describing Cuomo as a vindictive and vengeful political foe who intended to hurt the city’s best interest just to reduce the mayor’s political influence.
Even so, the player himself doesn't believe fans were setting out to be vindictive.
This, one suspects, is what bothers many critics of political correctness: the fact that so much of the social pressure and pushback takes on a nasty, vindictive tone that is painful to observe.
Not a word in print or on the air has shown this family to be a vindictive people.
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Origin and Etymology of vindictive
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Related Wordsavenging, retaliatory; resentful, uncharitable, unforgiving; catty, cruel, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, sadistic, spiteful, venomous, vicious, viperish, virulent; narrow-minded, petty, small-minded; grim, implacable, merciless, pitiless, relentless, unrelenting; baleful, baneful, evil; harsh, hostile, inimical, wrathful
Near Antonymscharitable, forgiving, merciful, relenting; benevolent, benign, benignant, loving; brotherly, compassionate, good, good-hearted, kind, kindhearted, kindly, sympathetic, warm, warmhearted; altruistic, humane, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); sweet, tender, tenderhearted; high-minded, magnanimous, noble
VINDICTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vindictive for English Language Learners
: having or showing a desire to hurt someone who has hurt or caused problems for you
VINDICTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of vindictive for Students
- a vindictive person
- vindictive remarks
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