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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Though vendetta was borrowed from Ital. and revenge from O.Fr., they both ultimately derive from the polysemous L. vindicare “to lay claim to, avenge, punish, assert, set free”. Revenge as vindictive payback shows up, in what must be non-rhotic form, as vendebtor:
About a minute after this, still in a slight daze, I recieved another blow from behind, this one I took to the arm. The salty smell of fish was then my first clue as the second flying fish danced around on the deck looking for the ocean it had left behind. Now I don’t think it was a personal vendebtor these two kamokazi youngesters had for me
Or vengefulness can manifest itself in a personal vengetta.