revenge

[ ri-venj ]
/ rɪˈvɛndʒ /

verb (used with object), re·venged, re·veng·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), re·venged, re·veng·ing.

to take revenge.

noun


Nearby words

  1. revelatory,
  2. reveler,
  3. revelry,
  4. revels,
  5. revenant,
  6. revenge porn,
  7. revengeful,
  8. revenue,
  9. revenue agent,
  10. revenue bond

Origin of revenge

1350–1400; Middle English revengen (v.) < Middle French, Old French revenger, equivalent to re- re- + venger to avenge < Latin vindicāre; see vindicate

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Synonym study

1. See avenge. 4. Revenge, reprisal, retribution, vengeance suggest a punishment, or injury inflicted in return for one received. Revenge is the carrying out of a bitter desire to injure another for a wrong done to oneself or to those who are felt to be like oneself: to plot revenge. Reprisal, formerly any act of retaliation, is used specifically in warfare for retaliation upon the enemy for its (usually unlawful) actions: to make a raid in reprisal for one by the enemy. Retribution suggests just or deserved punishment, often without personal motives, for some evil done: a just retribution for wickedness. Vengeance is usually wrathful, vindictive, furious revenge: implacable vengeance.

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British Dictionary definitions for revenge

revenge

/ (rɪˈvɛndʒ) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to inflict equivalent injury or damage for (injury received); retaliate in return for
to take vengeance for (oneself or another); avenge
Derived Formsrevengeless, adjectiverevenger, nounrevenging, adjectiverevengingly, adverb

Word Origin for revenge

C14: from Old French revenger, from Late Latin revindicāre, from re- + vindicāre to vindicate

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Word Origin and History for revenge
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