punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature
more vindictive than jealous love
(While he is speaking the faces of the gang have lighted up vindictively, as if all at once they saw a chance to revenge themselves.)
Eugene O’Neill -- The Iceman Cometh
She’s still hateful and mean and vindictive.
P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast -- Betrayed
Her lies, her vindictiveness, her score-settling.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair, until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
My father wrote one and a half pages of vindictive prose about the Bandaranaike family, dropping hints of madness and incest.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
Which heir was the target of Westing’s vindictiveness?
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
He could be petty and vindictive and callous and unfair, brutal and unyielding.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
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Always there is the sense of a tide behind them, rising, gathering mass, carrying with it a slow and vindictive rage.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
Perhaps the ultimate in vindictiveness was expressed by an officer in an artillery battery defending Charleston, who was cheered by news of the burning of Chambersburg.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
But there was no vindictiveness in this pronouncement, any more than there was in the remarks Lotte made when—short of breath one morning, panting and pausing with Sophie on the first-floor landing as they ascended to their labors—she sniffed that ambient odor of the Birkenau funeral pyre and murmured that those Jews deserved it.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Malicious, grudging, vindictive, implacable.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
I really had no wish to be vindictive, but I was curious—both to see what summoning was like, and to know who had left me the ill-wish.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Still, remember that Nila is a vindictive woman.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
His vindictive nature was demonstrated long before the witchcraft began.
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
But there was a good deal of comment at the timenine people out of ten thought Seton was innocent and that the judge’s summing up had been vindictive.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
He was deathly pale, just like a waxen image, and the red eyes glared with the horrible vindictive look which I knew so well.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
D’Artagnan at once perceived the ground which the vindictive creature wished to reach.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
My disposition is not so bad as you think: I am passionate, but not vindictive.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
He complained so seldom, indeed, of such stirs as these, that I really thought him not vindictive: I was deceived completely, as you will hear.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
The firing dwindled from an uproar to a last vindictive popping.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
She roused up, now, with a vindictive cast in her eye, and gave her plaited tails a shake and said she knew what SHE’D do.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
To Josh the goddess suddenly seemed like a vindictive child.
Micheal Scott -- The Alchemyst
Snape was in a particularly vindictive mood these days, and no one was in any doubt why.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
If (argued I to myself) this unnatural custom of theirs be a sin offensive to Heaven, it belongs to the Divine Being, who alone has the vindictive power in his hands, to shower down his vengeance upon them.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
In short, everything wore rather the appearance of a day of pleasure, than of an hour stolen from the dangers and toil of a bloody and vindictive warfare.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
When on that shivering winter’s night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her helm but Bulkington!
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.
George Orwell -- 1984
The only thing lacking was the gloating desire I’d seen on the faces in my dream—the smiles of vindictive joy.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
O, vindictive Julian!
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
By the force of her vindictive will, as much as by the training the soldiers endured for ten hours of every lunar cycle, her army was at last ready.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
Harry felt a kind of vindictive pleasure; he had not, of course, dreamed anything of the sort.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
’Let go of me, you idiot!’ he cried out furiously, glaring with vindictive approval as Nately leaped upon Yossarian’s back and pulled him away.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
He was yet to learn that for size and weight the weasel was the most ferocious, vindictive, and terrible of all the killers of the Wild.
Jack London -- White Fang
He was a vicious male gossip, insatiably curious and vindictive without malice.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Professor Snape, who seemed to have attained new levels of vindictiveness over the summer, gave Nevihle detention, and Neville returned from it in a state of nervous collapse, having been made to disembowel a barrel full of horned toads.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
She had heard Ashley say that the South was being treated as a conquered province and that vindictiveness was the dominant policy of the conquerors.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
"She is lying," he thought to himself, biting his nails vindictively.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
He flinched again when my cold skin touched his, and I smiled with slightly vindictive satisfaction.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
A vague terror seized Gabriel at this answer, as if, at that hour when he had hoped to triumph, some impalpable and vindictive being was coming against him, gathering forces against him in its vague world.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
My voice may sound vindictive when I say: Make the defendant pay the highest penalty for his crimes!
Richard Wright -- Native Son
The guests were still at table, and the heated and energetic conversation that prevailed betrayed the violent and vindictive passions that then agitated each dweller of the South, where unhappily, for five centuries religious strife had long given increased bitterness to the violence of party feeling.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
But I don’t want to be vindictive.
Stephen King -- Carrie
This done, he went away, muttering, and uttered the cry of his trade next door, in a vindictive shriek.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
He had been subjected to fearful proofs; no violence of bad fortune had been spared him; the ferocity of fate, armed with all vindictiveness and all social scorn, had taken him for her prey and had raged against him.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Straight from the shoulder, yes, but it would not be written vindictively, in any effort to get back at Al or Stuart Ullman or George Hatfield or his father (miserable, bullying drunk that he had been) or anyone else, for that matter.
Stephen King -- The Shining
In his anguish, the patient can, of course, be encouraged to revenge himself by some vindictive feelings directed towards the German leaders, and that is good so far as it goes.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
"I am sorry to see a pupil of mine displaying such a temper and such a vindictive spirit," he said in a solemn tone, as if the mere fact of being a pupil of his ought to root out all evil passions from the hearts of small imperfect mortals.