avenge


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a·venge

 (ə-vĕnj′)
tr.v. a·venged, a·veng·ing, a·veng·es
1. To inflict a punishment or penalty in return for; revenge: avenge a murder.
2. To take vengeance on behalf of: avenged their wronged parents.

[Middle English avengen, from Old French avengier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + vengier, to vindicate (from Latin vindicāre, to claim; see vindicate).]

a·veng′er n.
a·veng′ing·ly adv.

avenge

(əˈvɛndʒ)
vb
(usually tr) to inflict a punishment in retaliation for (harm, injury, etc) done to (a person or persons); take revenge for or on behalf of: to avenge a crime; to avenge a murdered friend.
[C14: from Old French avengier, from vengier, from Latin vindicāre; see vengeance, vindicate]
aˈvenger n
aˈvengeress fem n
Usage: The use of avenge with a reflexive pronoun was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable: she avenged herself on the man who killed her daughter

a•venge

(əˈvɛndʒ)

v.t. a•venged, a•veng•ing.
1. to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a murder.
2. to take vengeance on behalf of.
[1325–75; Middle English < Old French avengier=a- a-5 + vengier < Latin vindicāre; see vindicate]
a•venge′ful, adj.
a•veng′er, n.

avenge


Past participle: avenged
Gerund: avenging

Imperative
avenge
avenge
Present
I avenge
you avenge
he/she/it avenges
we avenge
you avenge
they avenge
Preterite
I avenged
you avenged
he/she/it avenged
we avenged
you avenged
they avenged
Present Continuous
I am avenging
you are avenging
he/she/it is avenging
we are avenging
you are avenging
they are avenging
Present Perfect
I have avenged
you have avenged
he/she/it has avenged
we have avenged
you have avenged
they have avenged
Past Continuous
I was avenging
you were avenging
he/she/it was avenging
we were avenging
you were avenging
they were avenging
Past Perfect
I had avenged
you had avenged
he/she/it had avenged
we had avenged
you had avenged
they had avenged
Future
I will avenge
you will avenge
he/she/it will avenge
we will avenge
you will avenge
they will avenge
Future Perfect
I will have avenged
you will have avenged
he/she/it will have avenged
we will have avenged
you will have avenged
they will have avenged
Future Continuous
I will be avenging
you will be avenging
he/she/it will be avenging
we will be avenging
you will be avenging
they will be avenging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been avenging
you have been avenging
he/she/it has been avenging
we have been avenging
you have been avenging
they have been avenging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been avenging
you will have been avenging
he/she/it will have been avenging
we will have been avenging
you will have been avenging
they will have been avenging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been avenging
you had been avenging
he/she/it had been avenging
we had been avenging
you had been avenging
they had been avenging
Conditional
I would avenge
you would avenge
he/she/it would avenge
we would avenge
you would avenge
they would avenge
Past Conditional
I would have avenged
you would have avenged
he/she/it would have avenged
we would have avenged
you would have avenged
they would have avenged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.avenge - take revenge for a perceived wrong; "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
get back, get even - take revenge or even out a score; "I cannot accept the defeat--I want to get even"
penalise, penalize, punish - impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"

avenge

verb get revenge for, revenge, repay, retaliate for, take revenge for, hit back for, requite, pay (someone) back for, get even for (informal), even the score for, get your own back for, take vengeance for, take satisfaction for, pay (someone) back in his or her own coin for He spent five years avenging his daughter's death.

avenge

verb
To exact revenge for or from:
Informal: fix.
Archaic: wreak.
Idioms: even the score, get back at, get even with, pay back in kind, settle accounts, take an eye for an eye.
Translations
يَأخُذ بِثأر
mstítpomstít
hævne
megbosszul
hefna
atkeršytikeršytikeršytojas
atriebt
pomstiť
öcünü almak

avenge

[əˈvendʒ] VTvengar
to avenge o.svengarse (on sb en algn)

avenge

[əˈvɛndʒ] vt [+ death] → venger

avenge

vträchen; to avenge oneself on somebody (for something)sich an jdm (für etw) rächen; an avenging angelein Racheengel m

avenge

[əˈvɛndʒ] vtvendicare
to avenge o.s. (on sb) → vendicarsi (di qn)

avenge

(əˈvendʒ) verb
to take revenge for a wrong on behalf of someone else. He avenged his brother / his brother's death.
aˈvenger noun
References in classic literature ?
Stung to madness and despair by the crushing agonies of a life, Cassy had often resolved in her soul an hour of retribution, when her hand should avenge on her oppressor all the injustice and cruelty to which she had been witness, or which she had in her own person suffered.
As a general thing -- as far as I could make out -- these murderous adventures were not forays undertaken to avenge injuries, nor to settle old disputes or sudden fallings out; no, as a rule they were simply duels be- tween strangers -- duels between people who had never even been introduced to each other, and between whom existed no cause of offense whatever.
Reed had been alive he would have treated me kindly; and now, as I sat looking at the white bed and overshadowed walls-- occasionally also turning a fascinated eye towards the dimly gleaning mirror--I began to recall what I had heard of dead men, troubled in their graves by the violation of their last wishes, revisiting the earth to punish the perjured and avenge the oppressed; and I thought Mr.
Whether it was a son who would some day avenge his father.
I felt that the pale young gentleman's blood was on my head, and that the Law would avenge it.
Then we bounded from the ground, for our hearts were fierce with hate and with longing to avenge the terrors we had borne.
He returns to avenge upon the Orders of the Temple and the Hospital, the preference which they showed to Philip of France during the wars in the Holy Land.
Unfortunate king," said the Sultan, "I will do what I can to avenge you.
For the present let them bring me something to eat, for that, I feel, is what will be more to my purpose, and leave it to me to avenge myself.
And the Sheriff laughed aloud in glee, and thought of how he should avenge his stolen plate, and determined to make a good day's work of it.
Whereas, upon your view, the heroes who fell at Troy were not good for much, and the son of Thetis above all, who altogether despised danger in comparison with disgrace; and when he was so eager to slay Hector, his goddess mother said to him, that if he avenged his companion Patroclus, and slew Hector, he would die himself--'Fate,' she said, in these or the like words, 'waits for you next after Hector;' he, receiving this warning, utterly despised danger and death, and instead of fearing them, feared rather to live in dishonour, and not to avenge his friend.
The suggestions of wounded pride, the instigations of irritated resentment, would be apt to carry the States against which the arms of the Union were exerted, to any extremes necessary to avenge the affront or to avoid the disgrace of submission.