• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vindictive 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"
    • adj vindictive disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge "more vindictive than jealous love"- Shakespeare","punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature"- M.R.Cohen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vindictive Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge; revengeful. "I am vindictive enough to repel force by force."
    • Vindictive Punitive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vindictive Revengeful; given to revenge; indicating a revengeful spirit.
    • vindictive Punitive; pertaining to or serving as punishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vindictive revengeful
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  • Cyril Connolly
    “In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For vindicative, confused with L. vindicta, revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare, to vindicate. Cf. Vindicative
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vindicāre, -ātumvis, vim, power, dicāre, to proclaim, dicĕre, to say; others trace to the root of venia, favour.


In literature:

The counsel were eloquent, argumentative, and vindictively abusive of each other, as was characteristic and proper.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 1 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
There's nothing vindictive about me, and I'll have no hand in it myself.
"Many Cargoes" by W.W. Jacobs
Congress is vindictive, Congress is savage, sir, when it gets waked up once.
"The Gilded Age, Part 6." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
Baldwin, from his boyhood up, had been of a vindictive, malignant, quarrelsome nature.
"Sketches New and Old, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But he was not avaricious, nor cruel, nor self-seeking, nor vindictive.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
These often complained, not only of her pride and reserve, but of her high and irascible temper and vindictive disposition.
"Peveril of the Peak" by Sir Walter Scott
How will he be able to shroud himself from the vindictive activity of the pursuit?
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Pursing his thin lips, he turned his attention to an unoffending stump six or eight feet away and scowled at it vindictively.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
Lastly, with as little semblance of reason, could I suspect any animosity towards me from vindictive feelings as the cause.
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Judge North's action was simply vindictive.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote

In poetry:

Vindictive wrath is whole appeas'd,
Thou need'st not then be mov'd;
In Jesus always he's well pleas'd,
Thy Husband his Belov'd.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
A furious Stag advancing sprung,
Eager along the echoing wood,
As if vindictive for his young,
To reach the spot, where now they stood.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
How should we praise those lads of the old Vindictive
Who looked Death straight in the eyes,
Till his gaze fell,
In those red gates of hell?
"The Vindictive" by Alfred Noyes
From the vindictive tongue of strife
Bid Hatred and false Glory See;
That babes may meet advancing life,
Nor feel the woes that light on me.
"The French Mariner" by Robert Bloomfield
She clasped her new-born baby, poor Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorree,
'I cannot ride Vindictive, as any man might see,
And I will not ride Vindictive, with this baby on my knee;
He's killed a boy, he's killed a man, and why must he kill me?'
"Ballad: Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorree" by Charles Kingsley
'That husbands could be cruel,' said Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorree,
'That husbands could be cruel, I have known for seasons three;
But oh! to ride Vindictive while a baby cries for me,
And be killed across a fence at last for all the world to see!'
"Ballad: Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorree" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Probation a 'vindictive act by a glaringly biased judge'.
Often, kids are cruel and vindictive, and that will never change.
That battle is on in "Monster-in-Law," a comedy about Viola, a vindictive has-been TV host (Jane Fonda, left) who objects to her son's bohemian fiancee, Charlie (Jennifer Lopez).
The uncle and mother of the 19-year-old victim Marlene Alatorre say the family is not vindictive but would like to see justice for Alatorre who was killed in the crash.
Vindictive Cops + Poorly-Trained Assistants.
Beavers prosecution ' vindictive '.
Killer's ' vindictive sentence' appeal rejected.
Killer's " Vindictive Sentence" Appeal Rejected.
Vindictive NCAA throws dirt on Paterno's grave.
Finance piece was vindictive , says Krikorian.
Mary Kennedy's family blasts RFK Jr over ' vindictive lies'.
The family of the late Mary Richardson Kennedy has hit back at her estranged husband Robert F Kennedy Jr.'s " vindictive lies" after a sealed affidavit written by him was released with shocking details about their bitter divorce.
Probation a ' vindictive act by a glaringly biased judge'.
Beano Cook says JoePa can be " vindictive and childish".
To some, a vindictive videotaper.