An example of revenge is when someone steals your car so you steal their car years later.
Took revenge on her tormentors.
Arsenal revenged its loss to Manchester United last time with a 5-0 drubbing this time.
He did it out of revenge.
- To get revenge.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of revenge
- 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
- 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.