(usually uncountable, plural revenges)
- Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution, or group for some perceived harm or injustice.
- Indifference is the sweetest revenge.
- When I left my wife, she tried to set fire to the house in revenge.
(third-person singular simple present revenges, present participle revenging, simple past and past participle revenged)
- (reflexive) To take one's revenge (on or upon) someone.
- To take revenge for (a particular harmful action), to avenge.
- Arsenal revenged its loss to Manchester United last time with a 5-0 drubbing this time.
- (intransitive, archaic) To take vengeance; to revenge itself.
From Middle French revenge, a derivation from Middle French revenger, from Old French revengier (possibly influenced by Old ProvenÃ§al revÃ¨nge (“revenge, comeback"), from Old ProvenÃ§al revenir (“to come back")), a variant of Middle French revancher, from Old French revenchier. The variants Old French vengier (whence French venger) and Old French venchier are both descended from Latin vindicare, with stress-conditioned different parallel development in the inflectional forms. Compare avenge and vengeance.