An example of revenge is when someone steals your car so you steal their car years later.
- to inflict damage, injury, or punishment in return for (an injury, insult, etc.); retaliate for
- to take vengeance in behalf of (a person, oneself, etc.); avenge
Origin of revengeMiddle English revengen ; from Old French revenger ; from re-, again + vengier,venger, to take vengeance ; from Classical Latin vindicare: see vindicate
- the act of revenging; vengeance
- what is done in revenging
- desire to take vengeance; vindictive spirit
- a chance to retaliate or get satisfaction, as by a return match after a defeat
transitive verbre·venged, re·veng·ing, re·veng·es
- To inflict punishment in return for (injury or insult).
- Archaic To seek or take vengeance for (oneself or another person); avenge.
- The act of taking vengeance for injuries or wrongs; retaliation: took revenge on her tormentors.
- A desire for revenge; spite or vindictiveness: He did it out of revenge.
- a. An opportunity to retaliate, as by a return sports match after a defeat: After the loss, he demanded that he be given his revenge.b. Something done in retaliation, especially a defeat of a rival who has been victorious.
Origin of revengeMiddle English revengen, from Old French revengier : re-, re- + vengier, to take revenge (from Latin vindicare, to avenge, from vindex, vindic-, avenger; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
(usually uncountable, plural revenges)
(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.