vengeance


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ven·geance

 (vĕn′jəns)
n.
Infliction of punishment in return for a wrong committed; retribution.
Idiom:
with a vengeance
1. With great violence or force.
2. To an extreme degree: December has turned cold with a vengeance.

[Middle English, from Old French, from vengier, to avenge, from Latin vindicāre; see vindicate.]

vengeance

(ˈvɛndʒəns)
n
1. the act of or desire for taking revenge; retributive punishment
2. with a vengeance (intensifier): the 70's have returned with a vengeance.
[C13: from Old French, from venger to avenge, from Latin vindicāre to punish; see vindicate]

venge•ance

(ˈvɛn dʒəns)

n.
1. infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like in return for an injury or other offense received; revenge.
2. an opportunity for or an instance of this.
3. the desire for revenge: to be full of vengeance.
Idioms:
with a vengeance,
a. with violent force and rage.
b. with extreme or excessive energy: to set to work with a vengeance.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, =vengi(er) to avenge (< Latin vindicāre; see vindicate) + -ance -ance]
syn: See revenge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vengeance - the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next lifevengeance - 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"
retaliation, revenge - action taken in return for an injury or offense

vengeance

noun revenge, retaliation, reprisal, retribution, avenging, an eye for an eye, settling of scores, requital, lex talionis She wanted vengeance for the loss of her daughter.
revenge pardon, forgiveness, absolution, mercy, acquittal, remission, forbearance, exoneration
with a vengeance to the utmost, greatly, extremely, to the full, and no mistake, to the nth degree, with no holds barred The problem has returned with a vengeance.
Quotations
"Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" Bible: Romans

vengeance

noun
The act of retaliating:
Idioms: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, like for like , measure for measure .
Translations
إنْتِقام
pomsta
hævn
kättemaks
kosto
hefnd
atriebība
maščevanje

vengeance

[ˈvendʒəns] Nvenganza f
to take vengeance on sbvengarse de algn
it started raining with a vengeanceempezó a llover de verdad, empezó a llover de lo lindo

vengeance

[ˈvɛndʒəns] n
(= revenge) → vengeance f
I want vengeance for the deaths of my parents → Je demande vengeance pour la mort de mes parents.
with a vengeance (= to a greater degree) → avec une ardeur redoublée

vengeance

n
Vergeltung f, → Rache f; to take vengeance (up)on somebodyVergeltung an jdm üben
(inf) with a vengeancegewaltig (inf); then the brass section comes in with a vengeancedann kommt der kraftvolle or gewaltige Einsatz der Bläser; to work with a vengeancehart or mächtig (inf)arbeiten

vengeance

[ˈvɛndʒns] nvendetta
to take vengeance on sb → vendicarsi su qn
with a vengeance (fig) → a più non posso

vengeance

(ˈvendʒəns) noun
harm done in return for injury received; revenge.
References in classic literature ?
The short, rather plump wife of a starved grocer, and the mother of two children withal, this lieutenant had already earned the complimentary name of The Vengeance.
In thy presence they feel themselves small, and their baseness gleameth and gloweth against thee in invisible vengeance.
Yes, I would bear my sorrows, and become great, that in a day to be I might wreak vengeance on the king.
And I call on you, spirits of the dead, and on you, wandering ministers of vengeance, to aid and conduct me in my work.
And then Chance carried a little leather ball beneath the window where the old man stood; and as the child ran, laughing, to recover it, De Vac's eyes fell upon him, and his former plan for revenge melted as the fog before the noonday sun; and in its stead there opened to him the whole hideous plot of fearsome vengeance as clearly as it were writ upon the leaves of a great book that had been thrown wide before him.
It was in a state of mind superinduced by these conditions that La led forth her jabbering company to retrieve the sacred emblem of her high office and wreak vengeance upon the author of her wrongs.
Milady will then turn you out of doors, and you know she is not the woman to limit her vengeance.
The Goods wafted themselves to heaven and asked for a righteous vengeance on their persecutors.
For several days he was incessantly devising schemes of vengeance, and endeavoring to set on foot an expedition that should carry dismay and desolation into the Blackfeet town.
He desired Mr Blifil to conduct him immediately to the place, which as he approached he breathed forth vengeance mixed with lamentations; nor did he refrain from casting some oblique reflections on Mr Allworthy; insinuating that the wickedness of the country was principally owing to the encouragement he had given to vice, by having exerted such kindness to a bastard, and by having mitigated that just and wholesome rigour of the law which allots a very severe punishment to loose wenches.
How many barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if thou gettest it, Captain Ahab?
cried the countess, "how terrible a vengeance for a fault which fatality made me commit