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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revenger noun

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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 White people are lucky Black people only want equality, and not revenge. Chelsea Sanders, refinery29.com, "Will Black America Ever See Real Justice?," 21 Apr. 2021 Reluctantly pressed into service again, a former military sniper plots revenge against his powerful foes after being betrayed and wounded. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Reluctantly pressed into service again, a former military sniper plots revenge against his powerful foes after being betrayed and wounded. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Reluctantly pressed into service again, a former military sniper plots revenge against his powerful foes after being betrayed and wounded. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 For others, however, the fighting means something besides grief and anger, or even revenge. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "War uprooted them. Now it gives these Azerbaijanis hope," 9 Nov. 2020 Conservative orthodoxy was unceremoniously discarded to accommodate whatever Trump impulsively and self-interestedly needed in the moment -- adoration, self-preservation, even revenge. CNN, "Opinion: The Republican Party has a tough choice to make," 21 Aug. 2020 In the messages, which were left in June 2018, Mr. Bayon alluded to revenge against the prominent Republicans over the Trump administration’s immigration policies, according to court filings. Johnny Diaz, New York Times, "Man Who Threatened to ‘Put a Bullet’ in Ilhan Omar Is Sentenced to a Year in Prison," 10 Mar. 2020 Hong Kongers also marked the student’s death with vigils over the weekend, and are calling upon one another to revenge his death. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong police shoot more protesters in a city still grieving a protest death," 10 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And tales of revenge, and of Christ and the Greek Orthodox church. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: For all the mothers, on this Mother’s Day," 8 May 2021 Milwaukee earned a measure of revenge after falling 143-136 on April 29 at Houston. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Bucks beat Rockets 141-133, tie Nets for 2nd place in East," 7 May 2021 Emerald Fennell's satisfying revenge thriller is unlike anything in this best picture race or other recent Oscars and would be the coolest pick in years. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Oscar predictions: Who will win Sunday's Academy Awards – and who should," 23 Apr. 2021 Written and directed by Emerald Fennell—a former showrunner on Killing Eve, and Camilla Parker Bowles on season three of The Crown—the movie was marketed as a girl-power revenge thriller. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "You Should Watch Promising Young Woman Whether or Not It Wins an Oscar," 20 Apr. 2021 Rushed is a revenge thriller, perhaps not unlike Promising Young Woman. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Carey Mulligan brings her dramatic chops to Studio 8H," 11 Apr. 2021 Promising Young Woman, a candy-colored revenge thriller, which skewers toxic masculinity and sees the pair hold society to account. Radhika Seth, Vogue, "Carey Mulligan and Emerald Fennell on Promising Young Woman and the Concept Female Bodies as ‘Something to Be Won’," 26 Mar. 2021 Her feature debut, Promising Young Woman, confronts what’s often called rape culture through a brilliantly queasy blend of genres: revenge thriller, social satire, farce, romantic comedy. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Revenge Is Sweet in Promising Young Woman," 24 Dec. 2020 Credit default swaps in the past engendered a whole different response of revenge. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 4-11-21: Sec. Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Roger Wicker," 11 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of revenge was in the 14th century

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10 May 2021

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“Revenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revenge. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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