vendetta

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vendetta a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vendetta A blood feud; private revenge for the murder of a kinsman.
    • Vendetta Any feud or contention that is bitter and prolonged; however, the deep enmity may be held by only one party to the dispute; as, the former Mayor nurtured a lifelong vendetta against the candidate who defeated him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vendetta A condition of private war in which the nearest of kin execute vengeance on the slayer of a relative; a blood-feud In Corsica the vendetta is regarded as a duty incumbent on the family of the murdered man, and, failing to reach the real murderer, they take vengeance on his relatives. The practice exists, although to a more limited extent, in Sicily, Sardinia, Calabria, Afghanistan, etc., and in certain rude and remote districts of the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vendetta ven-det′ta the practice—not yet entirely extinct in Calabria and Corsica—of individuals taking private vengeance on those who have shed the blood of their relatives.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—L. vindicta, revenge—vindicāre, to claim.

Usage

In literature:

A Bid for Fortune; or, Dr. Nikola's Vendetta.
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
Till recently, they were free, wild mountaineers, doing a little farming and raiding and vendetta business.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
I suspect a kinsman, but do not be afraid of a vendetta.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
A fig for your feuds and vendettas!
"The Melting-Pot" by Israel Zangwill
Out-groups, however, sometimes made agreements with each other to limit blood revenge and vendetta.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
These plays are full of violence and vendetta, jealousy, murder and the elementary passions.
"Diversions in Sicily" by H. Festing Jones
Killing was certainly no murder, and even yet the vendetta flourishes to some extent.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
Between Melbourne and Sydney there exists a feud as fierce as an Italian vendetta.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
In this little vendetta of ours both sides were trying to keep inside the law and win out.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
He will declare a vendetta against you, and follow you to the end of the world.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
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In news:

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In science:

This lecture should be a victory song, but the pain makes it to sound more as a oath for vendetta, coming from Syracuse two milenia before.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
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