Definition of vindictive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//vɪnˈdɪktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//vɪnˈdɪktɪv//
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trying to harm or upset somebody, or showing that you want to, because you think that they have harmed you synonym spiteful He accused her of being vindictive. a vindictive comment She liked to believe that she wasn’t vindictive by nature. She’s nothing but a jealous, vindictive, old woman. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin vindicta ‘vengeance’ + -ive.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vindictive