vengeance

[ ven-juhns ]
/ ˈvɛn dʒəns /

noun

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.

Idioms

    with a vengeance,
    1. with force or violence.
    2. greatly; extremely.
    3. to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree: He attacked the job with a vengeance.

Origin of vengeance

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to vengi(er) to avenge (see venge) + -ance -ance

SYNONYMS FOR vengeance

ANTONYMS FOR vengeance

Synonym study

1. See revenge.
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British Dictionary definitions for with a vengeance

vengeance

/ (ˈvɛndʒəns) /

noun

the act of or desire for taking revenge; retributive punishment
with a vengeance (intensifier)the 70's have returned with a vengeance

Word Origin for vengeance

C13: from Old French, from venger to avenge, from Latin vindicāre to punish; see vindicate
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Idioms and Phrases with with a vengeance (1 of 2)

with a vengeance


With great violence or energy; also, to an extreme degree. For example, The cottage was filthy and Ruth began cleaning with a vengeance, or December has turned cold with a vengeance. This expression was first recorded in 1533. Also see with a will.

Idioms and Phrases with with a vengeance (2 of 2)

vengeance


see with a vengeance.

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