Definition of vindictive in English:

vindictive

adjective

  • Having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge.

    ‘the criticism was both vindictive and personalized’
    • ‘Never the less, it also makes me extremely bitter and vindictive and say horrid things.’
    • ‘Wilson thought both France and Britain were being too vindictive and unreasonable.’
    • ‘Les had gone into the deal with full understanding of how vindictive and unforgiving Arnie and those in his organization could be.’
    • ‘The state has proved how nasty and vindictive it can be over all this.’
    • ‘How much more harsh and vindictive can our magistrates be?’
    • ‘Of course, the senior officers ran the risk of incurring the wrath of a vindictive and ruthless Chief Minister.’
    • ‘If it was (as she claims) an accident, it was unfortunately timed to appear like a vindictive fit of pique.’
    • ‘And then you can send off vindictive messages to the spammers, telling them you told on them.’
    • ‘For the life of me I can't understand the vindictive nature of their comments.’
    • ‘The only way this expulsion can be interpreted is as a spiteful and vindictive move.’
    • ‘As well as levelling whole cities, the forces of nature pursue and torment individuals in the most vindictive and sadistic manner.’
    • ‘Those opposing him were so vindictive, untrue and stupid that they helped his cause even more than those that praised him.’
    • ‘It is childish and hateful to manufacture petty, vindictive cliques who seem to thrive on aloofness, exclusivity and secrecy.’
    • ‘The losers must not be vindictive and the winners must not be arrogant.’
    • ‘The vindictive politics of the period may have pushed the nation over the abyss, but at least the cadres were squeaky clean.’
    • ‘Though Scylla is bent, harsh, and angry, the source of her rage is not vindictive.’
    • ‘Everything conspires to bring out the worst in him as he turns petty, malicious and vindictive.’
    • ‘This legislation can be used by malicious and vindictive people to get at their neighbours who might have a puppy or a dog next door.’
    • ‘Goerge says public record will show that he is not a vindictive person.’
    • ‘What kind of idyll was it that was supposed to emerge from this ugly, vindictive battle?’
    vengeful, out for revenge, revengeful, avenging, unforgiving, grudge-bearing, resentful, ill-disposed, implacable, unrelenting, acrimonious, bitter
    spiteful, mean, mean-spirited, rancorous, venomous, poisonous, malicious, malevolent, malignant, malign, evil, evil-intentioned, nasty, cruel, unkind, ill-natured, baleful
    catty, bitchy
    malefic, maleficent
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vindicta vengeance + -ive.

Pronunciation:

vindictive

/vēnˈdiktiv/