- infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge: But have you the right to vengeance?
- an act or opportunity of inflicting such trouble: to take one's vengeance.
- the desire for revenge: a man full of vengeance.
- Obsolete. hurt; injury.
- Obsolete. curse; imprecation.
- with a vengeance,
- with force or violence.
- greatly; extremely.
- to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree: He attacked the job with a vengeance.
Origin of vengeance
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Examples from the Web for vengeance
But all these groups are reaching a point where vengeance takes priority over politics or, much less, public relations.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
U.S. airstrikes continue, but militants from the so-called Islamic State are still attacking with a vengeance on every front.Did ISIS Attack Kobani from Turkey?
November 30, 2014
In January, if the GOP wins Senate control, he will go after Obama and the EPA with a vengeance.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
However, there is at least a sense that security is back on the agenda with a vengeance.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
From this marble Phidias sculptured a statue of Vengeance, which was called Rhamnusia.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He would avenge me, it is true, but it is not to him that I shall look for vengeance.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This was the vengeance for which she had longed, for which she had plotted, the vengeance she had at last achieved.Within the Law
God's object at that time was not the safety of the Jews, but vengeance.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
Who knew what vengeance they might take for the killing of the Padres?The Trail Book
- the act of or desire for taking revenge; retributive punishment
- with a vengeance (intensifier)the 70's have returned with a vengeance
Word Origin and History for vengeance
c.1300, from Anglo-French vengeaunce, Old French vengeance "revenge," from vengier "take revenge," from Latin vindicare "to set free, claim, avenge" (see vindicate).
Vengeance is mine, ... saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. [Paul to the Romans, xii:19-20]
Idioms and Phrases with vengeance
see with a vengeance.