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vindictive

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Definition desirous of seeking revenge or wanting to hurt someone

Legal term:  In some states, vindictive damages is synonymous with punitive damages.
  • Not being vindictive by nature, Grant did what he could to see that the Confederate prisoners were treated well.
vindictive = inclined to seek revenge or desirous of hurting others
  • She's not a vindictive person.
  • vindictive = inclined to seek revenge or desirous of hurting others
  • She's an unhappy, vindictive woman.
  • vindictive = inclined to want to hurt others—especially for revenge
  • 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
  • vindictive = full of a desire to hurt others
  • Which heir was the target of Westing's vindictiveness?
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • vindictiveness = desire for revenge
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • vindictive = full of desire to hurt others
  • "That'll teach them," he thought vindictively.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • vindictively = in a manner full of the desire to hurt others
  • But there was a good deal of comment at the time—nine 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
  • vindictive = revengeful or full of desire to hurt another
  • 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
  • vindictive = revengeful or full of desire to hurt another
  • His vindictive nature was demonstrated long before the witchcraft began.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • vindictive = desirous of hurting others
  • 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
  • vindictiveness = desire to hurt others
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • (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 = desirous of seeking revenge or wanting to hurt someone
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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