Revenge Definition

rĭ-vĕnj
revenged, revenges, revenging
verb
revenged, revenges, revenging
To inflict damage, injury, or punishment in return for (an injury, insult, etc.); retaliate for.
Webster's New World
To take vengeance.
Webster's New World
To take vengeance in behalf of (a person, oneself, etc.); avenge.
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Antonyms:
noun
revenges
The act of revenging; vengeance.
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What is done in revenging.
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Desire to take vengeance; vindictive spirit.
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A chance to retaliate or get satisfaction, as by a return match after a defeat.
Webster's New World
Something done in retaliation, especially a defeat of a rival who has been victorious.
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idiom
be revenged
  • to get revenge
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Other Word Forms of Revenge

Noun

Singular:
revenge
Plural:
revenges

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Revenge

  • be revenged

Origin of Revenge

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English revengen from Old French revengier re- re- vengier to take revenge (from Latin vindicāre to avenge) (from vindex vindic- avenger deik- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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