- a private feud in which the members of the family of a murdered person seek to avenge the murder by killing the slayer or one of the slayer’s relatives, especially such vengeance as once practiced in Corsica and parts of Italy.
- any prolonged and bitter feud, rivalry, contention, or the like: a political vendetta.
- a private feud, originally between Corsican or Sicilian families, in which the relatives of a murdered person seek vengeance by killing the murderer or some member of his family
- any prolonged feud, quarrel, etc
1855, from Italian vendetta “a feud, blood feud,” from Latin vindicta “revenge” (see vindictive). Especially associated with Corsica.