vindictive


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vin·dic·tive

 (vĭn-dĭk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Disposed to seek revenge; revengeful.
2. Marked by or resulting from a desire to hurt; spiteful.

[From Latin vindicta, vengeance, from vindex, vindic-, surety, avenger; see vindicate.]

vin·dic′tive·ly adv.
vin·dic′tive·ness n.

vindictive

(vɪnˈdɪktɪv)
adj
1. disposed to seek vengeance
2. characterized by spite or rancour
3. (Law) English law (of damages) in excess of the compensation due to the plaintiff and imposed in punishment of the defendant
[C17: from Latin vindicta revenge, from vindicāre to vindicate]
vinˈdictively adv
vinˈdictiveness n

vin•dic•tive

(vɪnˈdɪk tɪv)

adj.
1. vengeful.
2. proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit.
[1610–20; < Latin vindict(a) vengeance (compare vindicate) + -ive]
vin•dic′tive•ly, adv.
vin•dic′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vindictive - disposed to seek revenge or intended for revengevindictive - disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge; "more vindictive than jealous love"- Shakespeare; "punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature"- M.R.Cohen
unforgiving - unwilling or unable to forgive or show mercy; "a surly unforgiving old woman"
2.vindictive - showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurtvindictive - showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite; "a despiteful fiend"; "a truly spiteful child"; "a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"
malicious - having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling

vindictive

vindictive

adjective
Disposed to seek revenge:
Translations
mstivýpomstychtivý
hämndlysten

vindictive

[vɪnˈdɪktɪv] ADJvengativo; (= spiteful) → rencoroso
to be vindictive towards sbser vengativo con algn

vindictive

[vɪnˈdɪktɪv] adj [person] → vindicatif/ive, rancunier/ière

vindictive

adj speech, personrachsüchtig; moodnachtragend, unversöhnlich; he is not a vindictive personer ist nicht nachtragend; these measures are likely to make the unions feel vindictivediese Maßnahmen könnten bei den Gewerkschaften auf Unwillen or Ressentiments stoßen; I hope you won’t feel vindictive because of my rather harsh criticismich hoffe, Sie tragen mir meine etwas harte Kritik nicht nach or Sie nehmen mir meine etwas harte Kritik nicht übel; corporal punishment can make pupils feel vindictive toward(s) the teacherdie Prügelstrafe kann die Schüler gegen den Lehrer aufbringen; to feel a moment’s vindictive pleasureeinen Moment der Schadenfreude verspüren

vindictive

[vɪnˈdɪktɪv] adjvendicativo/a
to feel vindictive towards sb → volersi vendicare di qn
References in classic literature ?
Thedora is a vindictive woman--merely a vindictive woman.
When on that shivering winter's night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her helm but Bulkington
To be sure when we consider that I DID take some pains to prevent my brother-in-law's marrying her, this want of cordiality is not very surprizing, and yet it shows an illiberal and vindictive spirit to resent a project which influenced me six years ago, and which never succeeded at last.
Nay rather, vindictive persons live the life of witches; who, as they are mischievous, so end they infortunate.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures; --he called the carpenter.
Fling this heterogeneous, bankrupt, vindictive mass across the border, and the Revolution was on.
he little deserved the name--for though he told us that he was much concerned at our Misfortunes, yet by his own account it appeared that the perusal of them, had neither drawn from him a single sigh, nor induced him to bestow one curse on our vindictive stars--.
He left the fire; he put the ax away softly in a corner; he sat down in his old place, deliberately self-abandoned to a frenzy of vindictive joy.
But he, who would henceforth be dead to his native land, would have no epitaph save scornful and vindictive words.
It so happened that the chief of the Blackfeet party was a renegade from the Nez Perces; unlike Kosato, however, he had no vindictive rage against his native tribe, but was rather disposed, now he had got the booty, to spare all unnecessary effusion of blood.
They could undergo great privations, and were admirable for the service of the rivers, lakes, and forests, provided they could be kept sober, and in proper subordination; but once inflamed with liquor, to which they were madly addicted, all the dormant passions inherent in their nature were prone to break forth, and to hurry them into the most vindictive and bloody acts of violence.