- to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit: He revenged his murdered brother.
- to take vengeance for; inflict punishment for; avenge: He revenged his brother's murder.
- to take revenge.
- the act of revenging; retaliation for injuries or wrongs; vengeance.
- something done in vengeance.
- the desire to revenge; vindictiveness.
- an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction.
Origin of revenge
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Examples from the Web for revenge
In their past calls for attacks on Western targets, AQAP has focused on putting bombs on planes, not revenge attacks.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
Only one other Star Wars film has earned a PG-13 rating, the 2005 prequel Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
If they really wanted to get revenge they should have gone to Staten Island and found the cops that killed Eric Garner.Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police
December 21, 2014
Bloodthirsty calls for revenge have filled Facebook and Twitter.Two Days After School Attack, Pakistan Court Lets Terrorists Walk Free
December 18, 2014
So it is possible that those regime elements—and not Kim Jong Un—did in Jang in an act of revenge at the end of last year.Kim Jong Un: Erased?
Gordon G. Chang
October 10, 2014
Oh, I see—and of course you'd like your revenge—carrying me off from him just to hurt him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
To let him live would be my revenge, the worst I should know.Weighed and Wanting
She had won her ambition of years, revenge on the man who had sent her to prison.Within the Law
"Hamlet" is a drama of pathetic weakness, strengthened by a drama of revenge and jealousy.The Man Shakespeare
It was the boy's weakened condition that was turning her revenge into tragedy.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- the act of retaliating for wrongs or injury received; vengeance
- something done as a means of vengeance
- the desire to take vengeance or retaliate
- a return match, regarded as a loser's opportunity to even the score
- to inflict equivalent injury or damage for (injury received); retaliate in return for
- to take vengeance for (oneself or another); avenge
Word Origin and History for revenge
late 14c., from Old French revengier, variant of revenchier "take revenge, avenge" (13c., Modern French revancher), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + vengier "take revenge," from Latin vindicare "to lay claim to, avenge, punish" (see vindicate).
To avenge is "to get revenge" or "to take vengeance"; it suggests the administration of just punishment for a criminal or immoral act. Revenge seems to stress the idea of retaliation a bit more strongly and implies real hatred as its motivation. ["The Columbia Guide to Standard American English," 1993]
1540s, from Middle French revenge, back-formation from revengier (see revenge (v.)).