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vindictive

English law (of damages) in excess of the compensation due to the plaintiff and imposed in punishment of the defendant
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Bogdanich is vindictive and you'll pay for your obstinacy," said Kirsten.
The vindictive fire was still burning in him, and he could utter no word of retractation; but it was nevertheless in his mind that having come back to this hearth where he had enjoyed a caressing friendship he had found.
If he had heard what Emily had heard at the time of her aunt's last illness, he would have called to mind Miss Letitia's betrayal of her interest in some man unknown, whom she believed to have been beguiled by Miss Jethro--and he would have perceived that the vindictive hatred, thus produced, must have inspired the letter of denunciation which the schoolmistress had acknowledged.
Her mouth was set in the same lines of vindictive hatred that it had, perhaps, borne during the fight.
'What do you wish?' asked I, annoyed at the vindictive expression of her countenance.
But as he said these words there gleamed in his eyes not merely a cold look, but the vindictive look of a man persecuted and made cruel.
Thedora is a vindictive woman--merely a vindictive woman.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Sept 2 (ANI): In a veiled attack against the government, former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday said that Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who is being questioned by the ED in a money laundering case, is strong enough to face this vindictive agenda against him.
The CEC meeting condemned the arrest of Zardari, calling it 'vindictive policies of the government'.
He described Alvarez as a 'dictatorial, vindictive and divisive leader.'
'Those who believe in political norms never resort to taking vindictive actions,' he said, adding that [Prime Minister] Imran Khan was unlucky as he did not respond to Mr Bhutto-Zardari's political and positive overture of support for the government.
They said that the government was consisted of a group of non-serious and ineligible persons who kept forth their personal vindictive desires instead of considering national interests.