revenge

verb
re·​venge | \ ri-ˈvenj How to pronounce revenge (audio) \
revenged; revenging

Definition of revenge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to avenge (oneself or another) usually by retaliating in kind or degree
2 : to inflict injury in return for revenge an insult

revenge

noun

Definition of revenge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a desire for vengeance or retribution motivated by revenge
2 : an act or instance of retaliating in order to get even plotted her revenge
3 : an opportunity for getting satisfaction sought revenge through a rematch

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Other Words from revenge

Verb

revenger noun

Synonyms for revenge

Synonyms: Verb

avenge, redress, requite, retaliate, venge [archaic]

Synonyms: Noun

payback, reprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, vengeance

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Examples of revenge in a Sentence

Verb

a man who took matters into his own hands and revenged the death of his brother

Noun

She swore that she would have her revenge. She wants revenge against her enemies. The bombing was in revenge for the assassination of their leader. The team is seeking revenge for the loss earlier in the season.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lovren was part of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool squad that lost both home and away legs to Real Madrid in the group stages back in 14/15, and hopes to revenge past results by winning the biggest trophy in club football. SI.com, "Liverpool Defender Dejan Lovren Reveals Letter He Wrote Himself as a Child Ahead of UCL Final," 23 May 2018 If the Buckeyes want to revenge its 31-point loss a week ago to Iowa, however, the team may be doing so without two of its linebackers, Jerome Baker and Dante Booker. Kevin Cunningham, ajc, "Ohio State linebackers Jerome Baker, Dante Booker currently game-time decisions against Michigan State," 11 Nov. 2017 The Longhorns claimed a tough 47-40 overtime victory in 2013 that was revenged with a 38-20 West Virginia triumph two years later. Tim Griffin Diehards, ajc, "Big 12 viewers guide stacked with big, interesting games in Week 12," 12 Nov. 2017 Here are the reflections of a few of the artists and technicians who pitted against one another two bastards, their vast armies and (most powerful of all) their divergent attitudes to power and to revenge. Daniel D’addario, Time, "The Making of 'Battle of the Bastards,' Game of Thrones's Most Ambitious Episode," 19 June 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lebanese officials say the decision to evacuate is to prevent revenge attacks and further tension after residents of the town threatened to storm the camp. Washington Post, "Tensions force evacuation of Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon," 10 June 2019 It can be expressed in a variety of ways: sometimes as an explicit bias, sometimes as a subtle inflection, like the tone color in a piece of music; sometimes erupting in the heat of argument, like the revenge of the repressed. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now," 20 May 2019 Either way, Arya gets to cross Cersei's name off her list and complete her revenge arc as a Faceless Man. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys' Maybe-Green Eyes on Game of Thrones Could Be Key to Her Fate," 2 May 2019 Westeros' favorite assassin is showing no signs of easing up on her quest for revenge. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Who’s Left on Arya Stark’s Kill List From ‘Game of Thrones’ and Why?," 12 Apr. 2019 After losing to Loras Tyrell in the competition, The Mountain slices his own horses’ head off in a rage and charges his opponent for revenge. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 The White House has shot down Manigault-Newman’s accusations and sought to cast her as an angry former employee looking for revenge. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Omarosa has jumped back into the middle of Trump White House drama," 13 Aug. 2018 The code of honor that dictates—up to a point—negotiations, reparations and the taking of revenge could pass for Sicilian. WSJ, "‘Birds of Passage’ Review: Splendor and the Grass," 14 Feb. 2019 June remains in Gilead, staring up out of her red robe like some demonic angel of revenge. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of revenge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revenge

Verb

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

Noun

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

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revenge

noun

English Language Learners 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

revenge

verb
re·​venge | \ ri-ˈvenj How to pronounce revenge (audio) \
revenged; revenging

Kids Definition of revenge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

revenge

noun

Kids Definition of revenge (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : a desire to cause harm or injury in return for a wrong She was motivated by revenge.
3 : a chance for getting satisfaction The team sought revenge through a rematch.

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