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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: vindicta 'revenge', from vindicare; VINDICATE

vindictive

adjective
     
vin‧dic‧tive
unreasonably cruel and unfair towards someone who has harmed you:
a bitter and vindictive old man
vindictively adverb
vindictiveness noun [uncountable]

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