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
According to the chronicler Froissart, the assault in September 1370 was followed by a vindictive massacre of 3,000 civilians.
In fact, even more than Holmes’s, Balwani’s behavior ranged from petty to straight-up vindictive.
Instead of the strong reformer, the world now saw a vindictive ruler whose actions exuded paranoia.
The decision to fire McCabe so as to strip him of his pension after two decades of the job is particularly vindictive.
Your mother must be proud to have raised such a small, petty, vindictive person.
When Storm taps out, Regal refuses to let go — a pretty common tactic for one of pro wrestling’s bad guys, but something that seems a lot more vindictive here.
That's when the Brothers Grimm first published their shadowy, too-menacing-for-children children’s story about a virginal beauty, a vindictive queen, and an autonomous reflection on the wall.
Each was a passionate, sometimes vindictive mix of beliefs that changed with circumstances.
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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
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