vindictiveness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vindictiveness - a malevolent desire for revengevindictiveness - a malevolent desire for revenge  
malevolence, malignity - wishing evil to others

vindictiveness

noun
The quality or condition of being vindictive:
Translations

vindictiveness

[vɪnˈdɪktɪvnɪs] N (= desire for revenge) → afán m de venganza, revanchismo m; (= spitefulness) → rencor m

vindictiveness

[vɪnˈdɪktɪvnɪs] n
out of vindictiveness → par rancune

vindictiveness

nRachsucht f; (of mood)Unversöhnlichkeit f; the vindictiveness of his speechseine rachsüchtige Rede
References in classic literature ?
It would be refining too much, perhaps, even considering his monomania, to hint that his vindictiveness towards the White Whale might have possibly extended itself in some degree to all sperm whales, and that the more monsters he slew by so much the more he multiplied the chances that each subsequently encountered whale would prove to be the hated one he hunted.
Tulliver had ever seriously injured or thwarted the attorney, Wakem would not have refused him the distinction of being a special object of his vindictiveness.
With indomitable patience and perseverance, Jefferson Hope possessed also a power of sustained vindictiveness, which he may have learned from the Indians amongst whom he had lived.
True he had flung Hook's arm to the crocodile, but even this and the increased insecurity of life to which it led, owing to the crocodile's pertinacity [persistance], hardly account for a vindictiveness so relentless and malignant.
There was, however, a little difference between the two; very different from the French tribune, whose heart was so full of hatred and ambitious vindictiveness, was the honest President, who carried in his bosom a heart as innocent as the flowers which he held in his hand.
Thenceforth the Annos had feared the thorns too greatly to dare again, although ever their vindictiveness smouldered and they lived in hope of the day when Nalasu's head should adorn their ridgepole.
He was shouting for the very course Sergey Ivanovitch had proposed; but it was evident that he hated him and all his party, and this feeling of hatred spread through the whole party and roused in opposition to it the same vindictiveness, though in a more seemly form, on the other side.
Since, thus, the prevision of his own unending bliss could not nullify the bitter savors of irritated jealousy and vindictiveness, it is the less surprising that the probability of a transient earthly bliss for other persons, when he himself should have entered into glory, had not a potently sweetening effect.
The devouring hatred of his look was matched by the ferocious vindictiveness of his tone, as he spoke those words.
she thought in a momentary burst of vindictiveness.
The belief that he repented his marriage, and suffered from it, only aggravated her vindictiveness.
Many men would have retained a feeling of vindictiveness towards Adam, but he would not--he would resolutely overcome all littleness of that kind, for he had certainly been very much in the wrong; and though Adam had been harsh and violent, and had thrust on him a painful dilemma, the poor fellow was in love, and had real provocation.