- to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a grave insult.
- to take vengeance on behalf of: He avenged his brother.
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Contemporary Examples of avenger
He could imagine himself an Islamist avenger like that masked monster in black who appears in the ISIS snuff videos.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading
September 27, 2014
But the avenger is held to a standard of precision in the retaliation he seeks.Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
July 10, 2014
Then Reagan hit the scene and became their avenger against affirmative action and so on, and the rest you know.Class Consciousness Still Makes a Difference
June 6, 2012
Chris Evans endured months of nausea-inducing workouts to bulk up for Captain America: The First Avenger.Invasion of the Bodybuilders
June 6, 2011
Historical Examples of avenger
Twas seen and told how an avenger survived the fiend, as was learned afar.Beowulf
To avoid her will be easy, I should think; the Avenger outsails everything.'
The Avenger also tacked and kept close under the frigate's counter.
But the Avenger was soon in the wind's eye of her; and at daylight was no longer to be seen.
But the Avenger did not gain her rendezvous as soon as she expected.
- (usually tr) to inflict a punishment in retaliation for (harm, injury, etc) done to (a person or persons); take revenge for or on behalf ofto avenge a crime; to avenge a murdered friend
Word Origin for avenge
1530s, agent noun from avenge (v.). Spenser (1596) has avengeress but no mention of Mrs. Peel.