Vindictive damages

Related to Vindictive damages: nominal damages
those given specially for the punishment of the wrongdoer.
(Law) See under Damage, n.

See also: Damage, Vindictive

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34) "The term punitive damages and its archaic twin vindictive damages emphasize the punishment function.
It is a well-established principle of the common law, that in actions of trespass and all actions on the case for torts, a jury may inflict what are called exemplary, punitive, or vindictive damages upon a defendant, having in view the enormity of his offence rather than the measure of compensation to the plaintiff.
60) The Court further found, "[i]f the jury [thought] that this boat was run into by Captain Whilldin, willfully and designedly, they would be justified in awarding vindictive damages to any amount which, in the exercise of a sound judgment and discretion, they deem proper, by way of public example.
Woodworth, the Court observed that "it is a well-established principle of the common law" in tort actions that "a jury may inflict what are called exemplary, punitive, or vindictive damages upon a defendant, having in mind the enormity of his offense rather than the measure of compensation to the plaintiff.