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Idioms for 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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What does vengeance mean?
It can also be used as an even more intense synonym for revenge.
Vengeance often involves deep anger and a perhaps obsessive desire to get even by inflicting similar harm to the person who initially harmed the person seeking revenge. When it means the same thing as revenge, vengeance is often planned out over a period of time.
The phrase with a vengeance means with great violence or intensity, as in My allergies have come back with a vengeance—I’ve been sneezing all day.
Example: The vengeance in your heart will eat away at you, which is like letting your enemy defeat you yet again.
Where does vengeance come from?
The first records of the word vengeance come from the 1200s. It comes from the Old French venger, meaning “to avenge,” from the Latin verb vindicāre, meaning “to protect,” “to avenge,” or “to punish.” The words revenge, avenge, vindicate, and vindictive are all based on the same root. The suffix -ance is used to form nouns.
Vengeance implies an intensity to one’s desire for revenge. It’s often used alongside words like fury and wrath in accounts of those who have been wronged in some way. The phrase “Vengeance is mine” comes from a Bible verse advising people not to seek revenge.
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How is vengeance used in real life?
The word vengeance is usually used in situations that involve serious wrongdoing, but it’s sometimes used in the context of less serious situations in order to be humorous.
Anyone with the political power to arbitrarily close a bridge in an act of vengeance against his or her political enemies has too much power
— John Yowan (@Yowan) January 10, 2014
Somebody is having a great time right now while you are sitting in a corner with a lot of hate and vengeance in your heart. Time 2 let it go
— Alex Nemo Hanse (@IamthATGreat) August 21, 2013
someone ate my greek yogurt that i just bought yesterday i am seeking vengeance and blood
— 🥸 (@vnapireweekend) November 16, 2020
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The word vengeance can be used as a synonym of revenge.
Example sentences from the Web for vengeance
“Worry is back with a vengeance,” said Grant Steadman, president of North America for Dunnhumby, in a press release.Americans are more worried than ever about coronavirus—but are doing less to combat it|Beth Kowitt|December 17, 2020|Fortune
In that pocket, tree limbs snapped with a vengeance, creating 100,000 power outages.Ice storms: Inside wintertime’s dreaded, frozen mess|Jeffrey Halverson|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
Ezio Auditore’s initial arc is one of vengeance, but we see him grow beyond that.
A strict lockdown successfully contained the disease, but it came back with a vengeance in the fall.50 million world Covid-19 cases: The biggest outbreaks, explained|Christina Animashaun|November 9, 2020|Vox
He’s a relentless force of holy retribution, mysterious in his origins and unrelenting in his taste for vengeance against the demons who’ve wronged him.Doom Eternal Is the Best Doom Game Ever Made, Period|Matthew Gault|March 19, 2020|Time
But all these groups are reaching a point where vengeance takes priority over politics or, much less, public relations.
Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance.
U.S. airstrikes continue, but militants from the so-called Islamic State are still attacking with a vengeance on every front.
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|Jonathan Alter|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Leo Cendrowicz|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could not bear to open his dreadful situation to his Uncle David, nor to kill himself, nor to defy the vengeance of Longcluse.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The teeth of beasts, and scorpions, and serpents, and the sword taking vengeance upon the ungodly unto destruction.
And they sought out all iniquities, till vengeance came upon them, and put an end to all their sins.
Thy nakedness shall be discovered, and thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and no man shall resist me.
If he had set out to arouse emotion in these two sluggish breasts he had done so with a vengeance.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
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Idioms and Phrases with vengeance
see with a vengeance.