Etymology
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vindictive (adj.)

1610s, "vengeful," from Latin vindicta "revenge" (see vindication) + -ive; or perhaps a shortening of vindicative based on the Latin word. From 1620s as "punitive, retributive," rather than personally vengeful or deliberately cruel. Related: Vindictively.

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Definitions of vindictive

vindictive (adj.)
disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge; "more vindictive than jealous love"- Shakespeare; "punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature"- M.R.Cohen;
Synonyms: revengeful / vengeful
vindictive (adj.)
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite;
a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment
Synonyms: despiteful / spiteful
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