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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Italian
Origin: 'vengeance', from Latin vindicta; VINDICTIVE

vendetta

noun
     
ven‧det‧ta
1 [countable] a situation in which one person or group tries for a long time to harm another person
vendetta against
He accused the British media of pursuing a vendetta against him.
the victim of a political vendetta
2 [uncountable and countable] a long violent argument between two groups or people, especially one that is about something that happened in the past [= feud]:
The two sides have been engaged in a bitter private vendetta.
vendetta between
vendettas between rival gangs

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