vindictive


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The harm done by that vindictive will is, I greatly fear, not over yet.
To presume a want of motives for such contests as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious.
The latitude of the expression here used seems to secure each State, not only against foreign hostility, but against ambitious or vindictive enterprises of its more powerful neighbors.
He was deathly pale, just like a waxen image, and the red eyes glared with the horrible vindictive look which I knew so well.
D'Artagnan at once perceived the ground which the vindictive creature wished to reach.
The guests were still at table, and the heated and energetic conversation that prevailed betrayed the violent and vindictive passions that then agitated each dweller of the South, where unhappily, for five centuries religious strife had long given increased bitterness to the violence of party feeling.
The firing dwindled from an uproar to a last vindictive popping.
Thedora is a vindictive woman--merely a vindictive woman.
I believe the fellow is here on his own account, for I have heard that these gentlemen born beyond the Tweed are very vindictive.
As if Ilbrahim's sweetness yet lingered round his ashes; as if his gentle spirit came down from heaven to teach his parent a true religion, her fierce and vindictive nature was softened by the same griefs which had once irritated it.
But he, who would henceforth be dead to his native land, would have no epitaph save scornful and vindictive words.
Vengeance had been sworn by the Bannecks; but The Horse interfered, declaring himself the friend of white men and, having great influence and authority among his people, he compelled them to forcgo all vindictive plans and to conduct themselves amicably whenever they came in contact with the traders.