verb re·venge \ri-ˈvenj\

Definition of REVENGE

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



: 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

:  a desire for revenge <motivated by revenge>
:  an act or instance of retaliating in order to get even <plotted her revenge>
:  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


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