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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vindictive \Vin*dic"tive\, a. [For vindicative, confused with L. vindicta revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare to vindicate. Cf. Vindicative.] 1. Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge; revengeful. [1913 Webster] I am vindictive enough to repel force by force. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Punitive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Vindictive damages. (Law) See under Damage, n. [1913 Webster] -- Vin*dic"tive*ly, adv. -- Vin*dic"tive*ness, n. [1913 Webster]