- 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
Related Wordsretribution, attack, vengeance, reprisal, vindicate, avenge, counterblow, return, malevolence, sortie, vengefulness, fight, satisfaction, spitefulness, requital, repayment, vindictiveness, rancor, animus, counterinsurgency
Examples from the Web for revenged
"I wanted to be revenged on the boy, and now I know how," he said.Brave and Bold
It rankles in my heart, and unless I can be revenged I shall sink under it.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I will live to be revenged upon Iris Vincent if it costs me my life!Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
My pact with myself was to be revenged on him, come what might afterwards.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
He said to himself that he would make his fortune, and be revenged on Nettie.The Doctor's Family
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
- 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 revenged
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.)).