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English definition of “vindictive”

vindictive

adjective uk   /vɪnˈdɪk.tɪv/ disapproving us  
having or showing a wish to harm someone because you think that they harmed you; unwilling to forgive: In the film 'Cape Fear', a lawyer's family is threatened by a vindictive former prisoner.Revenge and vengefulness
vindictively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Revenge and vengefulness
vindictiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Revenge and vengefulness
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