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vindictive
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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • He was an undersized weakly boy with a thin pale face, with large dark eyes that gazed at him vindictively.
  • "Let me alone!" the boy cried irritably; but he did not move, as though he were expecting something, and again there was a vindictive light in his eyes.
  • "He sat in pride," the most malignant declared vindictively; "he considered himself a saint and he took it as his due when people knelt before him."
  • "Monk in silk trousers!" cried the boy, following Alyosha with the same vindictive and defiant expression, and he threw himself into an attitude of defense, feeling sure that now Alyosha would fall upon him; but Alyosha turned, looked at him, and walked away.
  • They live upon their vindictive pride like a starving man in the desert sucking blood out of his own body.
  • Do you see now, Alyosha, what a violent, vindictive creature I am?
  • His passion flamed up at the sight of her asleep, and then vindictive, jealous anger took possession of his heart, and like a drunken man, beside himself, he thrust a knife into her heart, so that she did not even cry out.
  • A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill—he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offense, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness.
  • There were numbers of severe, frowning, even vindictive faces.
  • She seemed to be quivering with hatred, and there was a vindictive note in her voice.
  • ’You are going to perform an act of heroic virtue, and you don’t believe in virtue; that’s what tortures you and makes you angry, that’s why you are so vindictive.’
  • Despair may be vindictive and irreconcilable, and the suicide, laying his hands on himself, may well have felt redoubled hatred for those whom he had envied all his life.
  • He made a very definite impression on me: I left him with the conviction that he was a distinctly spiteful creature, excessively ambitious, vindictive, and intensely envious.
  • There was a soft light in the once proud eyes, though at times they gleamed with the old vindictive fire when she was visited by one disturbing thought stronger than ever in her heart.
  • What about the inheritance?" said Smerdyakov sarcastically, and, as it were, vindictively.
  • Grushenka stared at her and, pausing for an instant, in a vindictive, venomous voice, answered: "We are full of hatred, my girl, you and I!

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  • punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature
  • more vindictive than jealous love

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