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

He's wounded and angry, and revenge is the strongest motivation of all. Jeff Ayers, Dallas News, "Special ops hero Scot Harvath returns in Brad Thor's 'Backlash'," 17 July 2019 The fans rally around their forlorn hero, the narrative of worthwhile revenge is plotted, and redemption is found. SI.com, "Anatomy of a Headbutt: OTD in 2006 Zinedine Zidane Was Sent Off in the World Cup Final," 9 July 2019 The drama will follow revenge-seeking strippers who band together with a group of fellow exotic dancers to scam their male Wall Street clients out of thousands of dollars. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Julia Stiles Says It’s Challenging to Watch 10 Things I Hate About You: 'I Look Away'," 5 July 2019 There are anthems from the betrayed, hell-bent on revenge. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Most Achy-Breaky Songs About Cheating," 5 July 2019 Officials had said the shooting stemmed from Gómez Vasquez wanting revenge against Fernandez over a drug arrest eight years ago, which Gómez Vasquez disputes. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Alleged mastermind in David Ortiz shooting claims in video he wasn't involved in botched murder-for-hire plot," 2 July 2019 Browning plays Lizzie, a cello wunderkind who has to A) seduce Williams, B) get horrifically, gastrointestinally sick on a Chinese bus, C) (spoiler!) chop off her own hand, D) exact horrific revenge. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "5 Reasons You Have to Watch Netflix's Viral Hit The Perfection," 29 May 2019 Yeah, there’s a girl-on-girl revenge or clique-versus-clique dynamic that just doesn’t exist in this movie. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "Booksmart Is the First Truly Evolved High School Movie," 24 May 2019 Shortly after he was released for that crime, Leopold raped his aunt – as a means of revenge. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019

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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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