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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Punitive damages may also be called "vindictive damages," "smart money," or "exemplary damages." (33) These four terms are used synonymously today, but each term once had its own discrete meaning, and each continues to have its own peculiar connotations.
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.
The Court held, "damages are in the discretion of the jury." (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." (61) Setting a public example is simply another way of saying damages sought to deter certain behavior or punitive damages.
Norris knew the effects of the poison, they could award "vindictive damages" to Genay.
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."(25)