Vendetta definition

vĕn-dĕtə
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Any bitter quarrel or feud.
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A feud in which the relatives of a murdered or wronged person seek vengeance on the murderer or wrongdoer or on members of that person's family.
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A series of acts attacking or attempting to injure another.

Launched a vendetta against his harshest critics in the media.

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A feud between two families that arises from the injury or killing of the member of one family by a member of the other family, leading to long-lasting animosity and retaliatory acts of revenge.
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The definition of a vendetta is a lingering grudge or feeling of hatred for someone, such as a blood feud where the family of someone who had been killed seeks revenge on the family of the killer or his family.

When you hold a grudge against someone for a long time, this is an example of a vendetta.

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A bitter, destructive feud, normally between two families, clans, or factions, in which each injury or slaying is revenged: a blood feud.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vendetta
Plural:
vendettas

Origin of vendetta

  • Italian from Latin vindicta revenge vindictive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian vendetta.

    From Wiktionary