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re·venge

 (rĭ-vĕnj′)
tr.v. re·venged, re·veng·ing, re·veng·es
1. To inflict punishment in return for (injury or insult).
2. Archaic To seek or take vengeance for (oneself or another person); avenge.
n.
1. The act of taking vengeance for injuries or wrongs; retaliation: took revenge on her tormentors.
2. A desire for revenge; spite or vindictiveness: He did it out of revenge.
3.
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.

[Middle 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).]

re·veng′er n.

revenge

(rɪˈvɛndʒ)
n
1. the act of retaliating for wrongs or injury received; vengeance
2. something done as a means of vengeance
3. the desire to take vengeance or retaliate
4. (General Sporting Terms) a return match, regarded as a loser's opportunity to even the score
vb (tr)
5. to inflict equivalent injury or damage for (injury received); retaliate in return for
6. to take vengeance for (oneself or another); avenge
[C14: from Old French revenger, from Late Latin revindicāre, from re- + vindicāre to vindicate]
reˈvengeless adj
reˈvenger n
reˈvenging adj
reˈvengingly adv

re•venge

(rɪˈvɛndʒ)

v. -venged, -veng•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, esp. in a vindictive spirit: to revenge a murdered brother.
2. to inflict pain or harm for; take vengeance for; avenge: to revenge a son's murder.
n.
3. the act of revenging; retaliation for injuries or wrongs; vengeance.
4. something done in vengeance.
5. the desire to revenge; vindictiveness.
6. an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French, Old French revenger=re- re- + venger to avenge< Latin vindicāre]
re•venge′less, adj.
re•veng′er, n.
re•veng′ing•ly, adv.
syn: revenge, reprisal, retribution, vengeance suggest a punishment or injury inflicted in return for one received. revenge is the carrying out of a bitter desire to injure another for a wrong done to oneself or to those who are close to oneself: to plot revenge for a friend's betrayal. reprisal is used specifically in the context of warfare; it means retaliation against an enemy: The guerrillas expected reprisals for the raid. retribution usu. suggests deserved punishment for some evil done: a just retribution for wickedness. vengeance is usu. vindictive, furious revenge: He swore vengeance against his enemies.

revenge

, justice - Revenge is personal and justice is societal.
See also related terms for justice.

Revenge

 

See Also: BITTERNESS

  1. Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out —Francis Bacon
  2. Revenge is like a boomerang. Although for a time it flies in the direction in which it is hurled, it takes a sudden curve, and, returning, hits your own head the heaviest blow of all —John M. Mason
  3. Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you —Austin O’Malley

revenge


Past participle: revenged
Gerund: revenging

Imperative
revenge
revenge
Present
I revenge
you revenge
he/she/it revenges
we revenge
you revenge
they revenge
Preterite
I revenged
you revenged
he/she/it revenged
we revenged
you revenged
they revenged
Present Continuous
I am revenging
you are revenging
he/she/it is revenging
we are revenging
you are revenging
they are revenging
Present Perfect
I have revenged
you have revenged
he/she/it has revenged
we have revenged
you have revenged
they have revenged
Past Continuous
I was revenging
you were revenging
he/she/it was revenging
we were revenging
you were revenging
they were revenging
Past Perfect
I had revenged
you had revenged
he/she/it had revenged
we had revenged
you had revenged
they had revenged
Future
I will revenge
you will revenge
he/she/it will revenge
we will revenge
you will revenge
they will revenge
Future Perfect
I will have revenged
you will have revenged
he/she/it will have revenged
we will have revenged
you will have revenged
they will have revenged
Future Continuous
I will be revenging
you will be revenging
he/she/it will be revenging
we will be revenging
you will be revenging
they will be revenging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been revenging
you have been revenging
he/she/it has been revenging
we have been revenging
you have been revenging
they have been revenging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been revenging
you will have been revenging
he/she/it will have been revenging
we will have been revenging
you will have been revenging
they will have been revenging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been revenging
you had been revenging
he/she/it had been revenging
we had been revenging
you had been revenging
they had been revenging
Conditional
I would revenge
you would revenge
he/she/it would revenge
we would revenge
you would revenge
they would revenge
Past Conditional
I would have revenged
you would have revenged
he/she/it would have revenged
we would have revenged
you would have revenged
they would have revenged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.revenge - action taken in return for an injury or offenserevenge - action taken in return for an injury or offense
getting even, paying back, return - a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"
vengeance, payback, retribution - the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"
reprisal - a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime
Verb1.revenge - 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"

revenge

noun
verb
1. avenge, repay, vindicate, pay (someone) back, take revenge for, requite, even the score for, get your own back for (informal), make reprisal for, take an eye for an eye for The relatives wanted to revenge the dead man's murder.
Quotations
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" Bible: Exodus
"Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out" [Francis Bacon Essays]
"Sweet is revenge - especially to women" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
Proverbs
"Revenge is a dish best served cold"
"Don't get mad, get even"
"Revenge is sweet"

revenge

noun
1. The act of retaliating:
Idioms: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, like for like , measure for measure .
2. The quality or condition of being vindictive:
Translations
إنْتِقام، ثأْراِنْتِقَامرَغْبَةُ الإنْتِقاميَنْتَقِم
pomstapomstít se
hævnhævnehævntørst
venĝo
venganzavengarse (de)
انتقامبادا فرا
kosto
osvetaodmazda
bosszúbosszúállás
hefndhefna
復讐報復
복수
kerštas
atriebībaatriebības kāreatriebtatriebtiesatriebe
pomstiť sa
maščevanjemaščevati se
odmazdaosvetaосвета
hämnd
kisasi
การแก้เแค้น
intikamintikam arzusuintikamını almak
sự trả thù

revenge

[rɪˈvendʒ]
A. Nvenganza f
in revengepara vengarse (for de) to get one's revenge (for sth)vengarse (de algo)
to take revenge on sb for sthvengarse de algn por algo
B. VTvengar, vengarse de
to revenge o.s. on sb; be revenged on sbvengarse de or en algn

revenge

[rɪˈvɛndʒ]
n
(= vengeance) → vengeance f
They were eager for revenge → Ils avaient soif de vengeance.
to get one's revenge → prendre sa revanche
to get one's revenge for sth → se venger de qch
to take one's revenge → se venger
to take revenge on sb → se venger de qn
They planned to take revenge on him → Ils voulaient se venger de lui.
in revenge → par vengeance
in revenge for sth → en représailles de qch
(SPORT)revanche f
modif [attack, killing] → en représailles
vtvenger
to revenge o.s. on sb → se venger de qn

revenge

nRache f; (Sport) → Revanche f; to take revenge on somebody (for something)sich an jdm (für etw) rächen; (Mil etc) → an jdm (für etw) Vergeltung üben; to get one’s revengesich rächen, seine Rache bekommen; (Sport) → sich revanchieren; out of revengeaus Rache; in revenge forals Rache für; revenge is sweetRache ist süß
vt insult, murder, sbrächen; to revenge oneself or to be revenged (for something)sich (für etw) rächen; to revenge oneself on somebody (for something)sich (für etw) an jdm rächen

revenge

[rɪˈvɛndʒ]
1. nvendetta; (in game) → rivincita
to get one's revenge (for sth) → vendicarsi (di qc)
to take revenge on sb (for sth) → vendicarsi su qn (per qc)
2. vtvendicare
to be revenged (on sb) → prendersi la vendetta (su qn)
to revenge o.s. (on sb) → vendicarsi (su qn)

revenge

(rəˈvendʒ) noun
1. harm done to another person in return for harm which he has done (to oneself or to someone else). The man told the manager he would get/have his revenge / take revenge on the company for dismissing him; His revenge was to burn down the factory.
2. the desire to do such harm. The man said he had burned down the factory out of revenge / in revenge for being dismissed.
verb
(with on) to get (one's) revenge. He revenged himself on his enemies; I'll soon be revenged on you all.

revenge

اِنْتِقَام pomsta hævn Rache εκδίκηση venganza kosto vengeance osveta vendetta 復讐 복수 wraak hevn zemsta vingança месть hämnd การแก้เแค้น intikam sự trả thù 复仇
References in classic literature ?
You would, then, revenge the injury inflicted by Munro on his helpless daughters.
When that shall happen, I desire no other revenge than your acceptance of the best offices in my power to do you.
It appears to me -- who have been a calm and curious observer, as well in victory as defeat -- that this fierce and bitter spirit of malice and revenge has never distinguished the many triumphs of my own party as it now did that of the Whigs.
He came directly from the shoal which we had just before entered, and in which we had struck three of his companions, as if fired with revenge for their sufferings.
By and by they would have their revenge, though, for the thing was getting beyond human endurance, and the people would rise and murder the packers.
Thus, the times for revenge on Rosa and Jane, the two chamber maids, were always chosen in those seasons when (as not unfrequently happened) they were in disgrace with their mistress, when any complaint from them would of course meet with no sympathy.
Vast as are his physical proportions, I knew that the thirst for revenge would penetrate to the remotest frontiers of his person.
She said, with a grim implacability in voice and manner which made Tom almost realize that even a former slave can remember for ten minutes insults and injuries returned for compliments and flatteries received, and can also enjoy taking revenge for them when the opportunity offers:
The dog looked foolish, and probably felt so; but there was resentment in his heart, too, and a craving for revenge.
Well, they had no difficulty in recalling that dramatic episode, for it had occurred only a few days before; and a version of it that would have melted the stoniest heart had been presented to every girl in the village by Minnie Smellie herself, who, though it was Rebecca and not she who came off victorious in the bloody battle of words, nursed her resentment and intended to have revenge.
Perhaps, Miss Marianne," cried Lucy, eager to take some revenge on her, "you think young men never stand upon engagements, if they have no mind to keep them, little as well as great.
Besides, with this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime; I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last: with this creed revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice never crushes me too low: I live in calm, looking to the end.