vindictive

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. vengeful, spiteful, bitter; resentful; implacable, rancorous; bearing a grudge. See retaliation.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. revengeful, retaliatory, unforgiving, implacable, vengeful, unrelenting, resentful, spiteful; see also cruel 1 , ruthless 1 , 2 .
Ant. kind*, generous, forgiving.
Syn.- vindictive stresses the unforgiving nature of one who is animated by a deSire to get even with another for a wrong or injury [vindictive feelings ] ; vengeful and revengeful more directly stress the strong impulsion to action and the actual seeking of vengeance [ a vengeful , or revengeful , foe ] ; spiteful implies a mean or malicious vindictiveness [spiteful gossip ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[vin DIK tiv]
seeking revenge, seething with the desire for vengeance.
The divorce made both parties mean and vindictive.
SYN.: vengeful, revengeful, retaliatory, retributive, spiteful, unforgiving, resentful, hostile, out for revenge, out to even the score, nasty.
ANT.: forgiving, *turning the other cheek, accepting
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Disposed to seek revenge: revengeful, spiteful, vengeful. See FORGIVENESS.

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