Vindictive meaning

vĭn-dĭktĭv
Disposed to seek revenge; revengeful.
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Marked by or resulting from a desire to hurt; spiteful.
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Having a tendency to seek revenge when wronged.
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Revengeful in spirit; inclined to seek vengeance.
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Said or done in revenge; characterized by vengeance.

Vindictive punishment.

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The definition of vindictive is someone who is out for revenge.

An example of vindictive is a person who writes down every mean thing ever said to her in a notebook so she can get back at the people who were unkind.

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Origin of vindictive

  • From Latin vindicta vengeance from vindex vindic- surety, avenger vindicate

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

  • From Latin vindicta (“vengeance"), from vindico (“claim, vindicate"), from vindex (“defender"), +"Ž -ive.

    From Wiktionary