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VINDICTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vindictive mean? 

VINDICTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective VINDICTIVE has 2 senses:

1. disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge
2. showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite

  Familiarity information: VINDICTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VINDICTIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

Synonyms:

revengeful; vengeful; vindictive

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unforgiving (unwilling or unable to forgive or show mercy)


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Meaning:

Showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite

Synonyms:

despiteful; spiteful; vindictive

Context examples:

a despiteful fiend / a truly spiteful child / a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment

Similar:

malicious (having the nature of or resulting from malice)


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