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vindictive
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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desirous of seeking revenge or wanting to hurt someone
  • He was an undersized weakly boy with a thin pale face, with large dark eyes that gazed at him vindictively.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (32% in)
  • 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.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (17% in)
  • "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.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (33% in)
  • "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.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (33% in)
  • 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.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (54% in)
  • They live upon their vindictive pride like a starving man in the desert sucking blood out of his own body.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (98% in)
  • "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."
    Book 7 — Alyosha (19% in)
  • Do you see now, Alyosha, what a violent, vindictive creature I am?
    Book 7 — Alyosha (76% in)
  • 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.
    Book 11 — Ivan (1% in)
  • What about the inheritance?" said Smerdyakov sarcastically, and, as it were, vindictively.
    Book 11 — Ivan (56% in)
  • '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.'
    Book 11 — Ivan (98% in)
  • There were numbers of severe, frowning, even vindictive faces.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (2% in)
  • She seemed to be quivering with hatred, and there was a vindictive note in her voice.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (28% in)
  • 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.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (84% in)
  • 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.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (86% in)
  • 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!
    Epilogue (53% in)

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