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 ?
But, emulating the patience and self-denial of the practiced native warriors, they learned to overcome every difficulty; and it would seem that, in time, there was no recess of the woods so dark, nor any secret place so lovely, that it might claim exemption from the inroads of those who had pledged their blood to satiate their vengeance, or to uphold the cold and selfish policy of the distant monarchs of Europe.
Even if I imagine a scheme of vengeance, what could I do better for my object than to let thee live -- than to give thee medicines against all harm and peril of life -- so that this burning shame may still blaze upon thy bosom?
Thinks I, Queequeg, this is using Rogers's best cutlery with a vengeance.
And when he glanced upon the green walls of the watery defile in which the ship was then sailing, and bethought him that through that gate lay the route to his vengeance, and beheld, how that through that same gate he was now both chasing and being chased to his deadly end; and not only that, but a herd of remorseless wild pirates and inhuman atheistical devils were infernally cheering him on with their curses; --when all these conceits had passed through his brain, Ahab's brow was left gaunt and ribbed, like the black sand beach after some stormy tide has been gnawing it, without being able to drag the firm thing from its place.
As soon as the rope was tied, the Expedition moved forward with that alacrity which the thirst for vengeance usually inspires.
Sometimes when some outrage of peculiar offensiveness stung her to the heart, she would plan schemes of vengeance and revel in the fancied spectacle of his exposure to the world as an imposter and a slave; but in the midst of these joys fear would strike her; she had made him too strong; she could prove nothing, and--heavens, she might get sold down the river for her pains
Tom went to bed that night planning vengeance against Alfred Temple; for with shame and repentance Becky had told him all, not forgetting her own treachery; but even the longing for vengeance had to give way, soon, to pleasanter musings, and he fell asleep at last with Becky's latest words lingering dreamily in his ear --
With this, a number of them bolted at him; but they were intercepted by some more timid than themselves, and the be- trayer escaped their vengeance, and has not been seen in New Bedford since.
Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavour, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.
He carried her in; I followed, grumbling execrations and vengeance.
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.
Yes, I would bear my sorrows, and become great, that in a day to be I might wreak vengeance on the king.