American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A feud between two families or clans that arises out of a slaying and is perpetuated by retaliatory acts of revenge; a blood feud.
- n. A bitter, destructive feud.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A condition of private war in which the nearest of kin execute vengeance on the slayer of a relative; a blood-feud In Corsica the vendetta is regarded as a duty incumbent on the family of the murdered man, and, failing to reach the real murderer, they take vengeance on his relatives. The practice exists, although to a more limited extent, in Sicily, Sardinia, Calabria, Afghanistan, etc., and in certain rude and remote districts of the United States.
- n. A bitter, destructive feud, normally between two families, clans, or factions, in which each injury or slaying is revenged: a blood feud.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A blood feud; private revenge for the murder of a kinsman.
- n. Any feud or contention that is bitter and prolonged; however, the deep enmity may be held by only one party to the dispute.
- n. a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other
- From Italian vendetta. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin vindicta, revenge; see vindictive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The vendetta is still the custom in Sardinia, and a person is respected if he takes blood revenge on the killer of a kinsman.”
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“As a DEM you don't carry a big stick nor believe in vendetta.”
“The tendency to take summary vengeance, called vendetta, still exists in the villages; where the people having no social amusements, nothing to read, nor any other resource than cards during the winter nights, are apt to quarrel over trifles; which, fanned by their local petty jealousies, assisted often by the generous nature of their wine, ripen into deadly feuds.”
“The vendetta was the chief law of Corsican society up to comparatively recent times; and its effects are still visible in the life of the stern islanders.”
“Though the vendetta is a natural outgrowth of Italian soil, yet masses of men are seldom, like individuals, animated solely by the spirit of revenge.”
“With the right access, a cheap thumb drive and a vendetta are the only ingredients an insider needs to obtain and leak secrets.”
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“What, no mention of our "vendetta" charge into Iraq for the mysterious no-show weapons of mass destruction?”
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