Adjective "vindictive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge.
  1. 'Never the less, it also makes me extremely bitter and vindictive and say horrid things.'
  2. 'This legislation can be used by malicious and vindictive people to get at their neighbours who might have a puppy or a dog next door.'
  3. 'How much more harsh and vindictive can our magistrates be?'
  4. 'Wilson thought both France and Britain were being too vindictive and unreasonable.'
  5. 'Les had gone into the deal with full understanding of how vindictive and unforgiving Arnie and those in his organization could be.'
  6. 'Of course, the senior officers ran the risk of incurring the wrath of a vindictive and ruthless Chief Minister.'
  7. 'If it was (as she claims) an accident, it was unfortunately timed to appear like a vindictive fit of pique.'
  8. 'And then you can send off vindictive messages to the spammers, telling them you told on them.'
  9. 'Those opposing him were so vindictive, untrue and stupid that they helped his cause even more than those that praised him.'
  10. 'For the life of me I can't understand the vindictive nature of their comments.'


1. disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful: a vindictive person.

2. proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit: vindictive rumors.

More examples(as adjective)

"delays can be vindictive at things."

"people can be vindictive."

"governments can be vindictive."

"stooges can be vindictive."

"delays can be vindictive."

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Early 17th century: from Latin vindicta ‘vengeance’ + -ive.