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Meaning of VINDICTIVE

Pronunciation:  vin'diktiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite; "a despiteful fiend"; "a truly spiteful child"; "a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"
  2. [adj]  disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge; "more vindictive than jealous love"- Shakespeare; "punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature"- M.R.Cohen
 

VINDICTIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: despiteful, malicious, revengeful, spiteful, unforgiving, vengeful
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vin*dic"tive\, a. [For vindicative, confused with L.
vindicta revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare to vindicate. Cf.
{Vindicative}.]
1. Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge;
   revengeful.

         I am vindictive enough to repel force by force.
                                               --Dryden.

2. Punitive. [Obs.]

{Vindictive damages}. (Law) See under {Damage}, n. --
   {Vin*dic"tive*ly}, adv. -- {Vin*dic"tive*ness}, n.

 

 

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