V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. done out of revenge; 2. showing or having a desire to hurt

Synonyms: vengeful, spiteful, malicious, vicious, resentful

Antonyms: forgiving

Tips: The Latin word vindicta, from which vindictive originated, means "revenge." Vengeance and revenge are usually a part of a vindictive act. Someone who is vindictive may not have a reason to seek revenge or vengeance; he or she may just be malicious and spiteful.

Usage Examples:

He has a very vindictive personality, so be careful that you don't offend him in any way. (spiteful, vengeful)

The girl set her boyfriend's house on fire in a vindictive act meant to get back at him for cheating on her. (vengeful, spiteful)

She can be spiteful and vindictive if she thinks she's been wronged in some way. (resentful, malicious)

Even though I was badly hurt by his actions, I chose to forgive him rather than be vindictive. (resentful, spiteful)

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