Definitions for vindictivevɪnˈdɪk tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit.
Origin of vindictive:
1610–20; < L vindict(a) vengeance (cf. vindicate ) + -ive
revengeful, vindictive, vengeful(adj)
disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge
"more vindictive than jealous love"- Shakespeare; "punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature"- M.R.Cohen
despiteful, spiteful, vindictive(adj)
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite
"a despiteful fiend"; "a truly spiteful child"; "a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"
Having a tendency to seek revenge when wronged.
Origin: From vindicta, from vindico, from vindex, .
disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge; revengeful