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revenge

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verb re·venge \ri-ˈvenj\

Definition of revenge

re·vengedre·veng·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to avenge (as oneself) usually by retaliating in kind or degree

  3. 2 :  to inflict injury in return for <revenge an insult>

re·veng·er noun


Examples of revenge

  1. <a man who took matters into his own hands and revenged the death of his brother>



Origin of revenge

Middle English, from Anglo-French revenger, revengier, from re- + venger to avenge — more at vengeance


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with revenge


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revenge

noun re·venge

Simple Definition of revenge

  • : the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you

  • : the act of defeating an opponent who has defeated you in the past

Full Definition of revenge

  1. 1 :  a desire for revenge <motivated by revenge>

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of retaliating in order to get even <plotted her revenge>

  3. 3 :  an opportunity for getting satisfaction <sought revenge through a rematch>

Examples of revenge

  1. She swore that she would have her revenge.

  2. She wants revenge against her enemies.

  3. The bombing was in revenge for the assassination of their leader.

  4. The team is seeking revenge for the loss earlier in the season.



Origin of revenge

Middle French revenge, revenche, from revengier, revenchier to revenge


First Known Use: circa 1547



REVENGE Defined for Kids

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revenge

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verb re·venge \ri-ˈvenj\

Definition of revenge

re·vengedre·veng·ing

  1. :  to cause harm or injury in return for <He'll revenge the insult.>




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revenge

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noun re·venge

Definition of revenge

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of causing harm or injury in return for a wrong <… she would be instrumental in helping the rat work his revenge. — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>

  2. 2 :  a desire to cause harm or injury in return for a wrong <She was motivated by revenge.>

  3. 3 :  a chance for getting satisfaction <The team sought revenge through a rematch.>





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