I adjective angry, avenging, grudgeful, implacable, inclined to vengeance, malevolent, malicious, malignant, punitive, punitory, rancorous, resentful, retaliative, retaliatory, retributive, revengeful, spiteful, ulciscendi cupidus, unforgiving, unrelenting, vengeful, vindicatory II index implacable, malevolent, malicious, malignant, punitive, relentless, resentful, ruthless, severe, spiteful

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  • vindictive — vindictive, revengeful, vengeful are close synonyms often used interchangeably to mean showing or motivated by a desire for vengeance. Distinctively vindictive tends to stress this reaction as inherent in the nature of the individual and,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vindictive — [vin dik′tiv] adj. [< L vindicta, revenge, vindication < vindicatus (see VINDICATE) + IVE] 1. revengeful in spirit; inclined to seek vengeance 2. said or done in revenge; characterized by vengeance [vindictive punishment] vindictively adv.… …   English World dictionary

  • Vindictive — 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. [1913 Webster] I am vindictive enough to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vindictive — 1610s, from L. vindicta revenge (see VINDICATION (Cf. vindication)). Related: Vindictively …   Etymology dictionary

  • vindictive — [adj] hateful, revengeful avenging, cruel, grim, grudging, implacable, malicious, malignant, merciless, rancorous, relentless, resentful, retaliatory, ruthless, spiteful, unforgiving, unrelenting, vengeful, venomous, wreakful; concepts 401,542… …   New thesaurus

  • vindictive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge. DERIVATIVES vindictively adverb vindictiveness noun. ORIGIN from Latin vindicta vengeance …   English terms dictionary

  • vindictive — adjective in her memoirs she revealed that Drake had been a vindictive ex lover Syn: vengeful, revengeful, unforgiving, resentful, acrimonious, bitter; spiteful, mean, rancorous, venomous, malicious, malevolent, nasty, mean spirited, cruel,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • vindictive — adj. vindictive of (that was vindictive of him) * * * [vɪn dɪktɪv] vindictive of (that was vindictive of him) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • vindictive — vin|dic|tive [ vın dıktıv ] adjective someone who is vindictive is cruel to anyone who hurts them and will not forgive them: vindictive toward: Divorced couples often become quite vindictive toward each other. a. used about people s behavior: a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vindictive — UK [vɪnˈdɪktɪv] / US adjective a) someone who is vindictive is cruel to anyone who hurts them and will not forgive them vindictive towards: Divorced couples often become quite vindictive towards each other. b) used about people s behaviour a… …   English dictionary

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