- Revenge is an action of inflicting harm or damage on someone else in retaliation for harm or damage inflicted on you.
An example of revenge is when someone steals your car so you steal their car years later.
transitive verbrevenged, revenging
- 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, 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 vindicāre, 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 Provençal revènge (“revenge, comeback”), from Old Provençal 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.