- disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful: a vindictive person.
- proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit: vindictive rumors.
- disposed to seek vengeance
- characterized by spite or rancour
- English law (of damages) in excess of the compensation due to the plaintiff and imposed in punishment of the defendant
1610s, from Latin vindicta “revenge” (see vindication). Related: Vindictively.