Definition of vendetta in English:



  • 1A blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on the murderer or the murderer's family.

    • ‘How many wars have been started over ancient animosities and vendettas?’
    • ‘The Roma family was forced to leave their homes after a bloody vendetta in the Nov Put neighbourhood in Vidin on June 16, which left two people dead.’
    • ‘That deadly combination has let loose a wave of vengeance killings, tribal vendettas, mercenary kidnappings and thievery.’
    • ‘It was already alleged that I was pursuing a vendetta against him.’
    • ‘Police surmise the man was led to the area and was killed there by rivals over a business conflict or a personal vendetta.’
    • ‘To reveal the offense would mean dragging his family into an obligatory vendetta.’
    • ‘Furthermore the claimant was not motivated by a desire for vindication, but was pursuing a vendetta.’
    • ‘Some had relatives killed or humiliated by US troops and are pursuing a clan vendetta.’
    • ‘Every family cultivates its vendetta; every clan, its feud.’
    • ‘On the Shomali plains north of Kabul, the families of two commanders have been pursuing a vendetta for years.’
    • ‘In short, the 1915 Mistake Creek murders were the result of a ruthless vendetta between Aborigines over a woman.’
    1. 1.1A prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone.
      ‘he has accused the British media of pursuing a vendetta against him’
      • ‘The way young people sort out vendettas nowadays is absolutely horrendous.’
      • ‘Jackson insisted he was the victim of a family of con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta.’
      • ‘And I hurt for his family because there's personal vendettas against him, and they're going to drag him through the dirt big-time.’
      • ‘Ghan and many of the natives neglected the conflict as a vendetta, but used it more often as a prize in their history.’
      • ‘Principle is being used as the excuse for jettisoning wisdom, squaring the odds and winning vendettas.’
      • ‘Mr Obeid blamed a vendetta by two family members for the malicious stories circulating in the media.’
      • ‘There have been personal vendettas pursued that way, though they are rare.’
      • ‘Too much space is devoted to accounts of Bajaj's family life and personal vendettas.’
      • ‘Although he hadn't exactly changed the subject, I knew we were no longer speaking of my vendetta and my family.’
      • ‘If you are in the public eye, you are in the public eye, but sometimes there are personal vendettas that I find depressing.’
      • ‘This seems strange given Private Eye's long enduring vendettas.’
      • ‘Most ongoing vendettas stem from disputes over land and water rights.’
      • ‘Bolt successfully argued I was conducting a private vendetta over the public airwaves and he deserved another go.’
      • ‘The game was knees-on-pavement brutal; vendettas and grudges of every kind were enacted in the scrum.’
      • ‘‘There can be no vendettas in Harnham,’ he said.’
      • ‘And the duels, ambushes, and firefights were more than personal vendettas.’
      • ‘I am determined to show that these claims are the result of a vendetta being waged because of a personal grudge.’
      • ‘The judge who made them has a personal vendetta against me and my family.’
      • ‘I fault those who claim vendetta without seeking peaceful means first.’
      • ‘Mr Temple said Khan was more interested in ‘pursuing a vendetta against the family’ than calling an ambulance for his wife.’
      feud, blood feud, quarrel, argument, falling-out, wrangle, clash, altercation, dispute, fight, war
      bad blood, bitterness, enmity, rivalry, conflict, discord, strife
      tiff, scrap, spat, ruction, bust-up
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Mid 19th century: from Italian, from Latin vindicta vengeance.