vindictive etymology

English word vindictive comes from Proto-Indo-European *diǵ-, Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ-e-, Proto-Italic *wīs (Strength, force, power.)

Detailed word origin of vindictive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*diǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*deyḱ-e- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to show, point out
*wīs Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Strength, force, power.
*déyḱti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be pointing out.
vis Latin (lat) (New Latin, physics) energy, force. (figuratively) assault, affront. Force, power, strength. Violence.
*deikō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Say.
dico Latin (lat) I appropriate to, devote to, assign to, set apart for.. I consecrate, deify.. I dedicate, devote.
vindex Latin (lat) Claimant, vindicator.
vindicare Latin (lat)
vindicta Latin (lat) A means of vindication. Ceremonial staff used in manumission. Punishment, vengeance. Redress, satisfaction.
vindictive English (eng) (obsolete) punitive. Having a tendency to seek revenge when wronged, vengeful.

Words with the same origin as vindictive

Descendants of *diǵ-
digerati digilante digipeater digiscope digit digital digitalis digitigradism digitizability digitize digizine ditalini duodenal duodenitis duodenum hepatoduodenal interdigitation intraduodenal jejunoduodenal mesoduodenal nasoduodenal periduodenal
Descendants of *deyḱ-e-
addict avenge condition contradict dedicate dictate directory ditto edict index indicate indict judge judgment judicial jug preach predict prejudice trademark valedictorian vendetta vengeance verdict videotape
Descendants of *wīs
violate violation violence violent