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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishvindictivevin‧dic‧tive /vɪnˈdɪktɪv/ adjective  CRUELunreasonably cruel and unfair towards someone who has harmed you a bitter and vindictive old manvindictively adverbvindictiveness noun [uncountable]
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vindictiveAfter the divorce Joan's ex-husband became increasingly vindictive.Depriving our police force of a cup of tea is astronomically vindictive and silly.A conservative columnist, George Will, provides a more vindictive answer.Humans are specialized in vindictive behavior.He never destroyed a witch simply on the say-so of vindictive enemies.What vindictive irony, to force Digby to sacrifice his entire career in transport over a railways announcement!"I'll pay her back for this.'' "Don't be so vindictive. It doesn't help anyone.''Accurately, though unfairly, contemporary critics of the Futurists denounced them with the vindictive labels: photographic, cinematic.He's not a vindictive person.She was vindictive, vulgar; she wanted to hurt him.Doug could be nasty and vindictive when he was drinking.
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