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Definition revengeful or malicious

Legal term:  In some states, vindictive damages is synonymous with punitive damages.
  • 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
  • vindictively = with revenge or malice (desire to harm)
  • She's still hateful and mean and vindictive.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • vindictive = revengeful or malicious
  • a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment
  • 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
  • That'll teach them," he thought vindictively.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • My voice may sound vindictive when I say: Make the defendant pay the highest penalty for his crimes!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • 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
  • I see that they were nothing else than the stipulated price for that vindictive old man's will.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • 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
  • 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 a vicious male gossip, insatiably curious and vindictive without malice.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • His wife hadn't been cruel, she hadn't been vindictive.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • "Why are you so vindictive towards me?" he said.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It has been my experience that children are every bit as cruel and vindictive as adults.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He flinched again when my cold skin touched his, and I smiled with slightly vindictive satisfaction.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • 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
  • If she'd had to take care of me all by herself, and had that to occupy her mind, maybe she'd have been able— TYRONE Goaded into vindictiveness.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • 'No!' returned Bray, urged by a vindictive impulse he could not repress.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby

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