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

Others are exposed to revenge attacks from embittered neighbours or Syria’s many unruly militias. The Economist, "Politicians are stoking anti-refugee sentiment in Lebanon," 22 Aug. 2019 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

Head coach Dan Mullen wants revenge for last year’s home loss against the SEC rivals and Smith is about to get a rude welcome to his new starting job for the Wildcats. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats odds, picks and best bets," 12 Sep. 2019 Some of them forgive and forget, others will want revenge. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Ghost Ship verdict: Jury acquits one defendant, deadlocks on second in warehouse fire that killed 36," 5 Sep. 2019 Atletico will have wanted revenge from the moment that final whistle blew. SI.com, "10 of the Best Group Stage Games to Look Forward to in This Season's Champions League," 30 Aug. 2019 There was some degree of revenge in an efficient 24-for-27 passing performance in an Orange Bowl win over Murray’s Oklahoma Sooners, but there were cracks in the Alabama mystique after the first quarter onslaught. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Inside intel on Tua Tagovailoa from opponents speaking candidly about Alabama QB," 21 Aug. 2019 By promising to tell the truth about Sarah’s life, Stella finally convinces her to end her rampage of revenge and everything goes back to normal. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," 9 Aug. 2019 Wingate's brother, Jason, said at that time that the Wingate family doesn't want revenge, but justice for Tyler's death. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Suspect arrested in beating death of Berkley H.S. graduate," 30 July 2019 Some news accounts said that rum runners, who were tired of dealing with Melvin’s uncle, the town marshal, sought to kidnap his son out of revenge. John Caniglia, cleveland.com, "‘A missing child can never be forgotten’: Police, surviving sister seek answers in 1928 disappearance of Orrville boy," 21 July 2019 Dani ultimately gets a measure of revenge—though even this, in Aster’s archly plotted script construction, offers Dani some mixed motives of her own, a measure of mercy along with her rage. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Midsommar,” Reviewed: Ari Aster’s Backwards Horror Story of an American Couple in Sweden," 8 July 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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