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revenge

verb re·venge \ ri-ˈvenj \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of revenge

revenged; revenging
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

revenger

noun

Examples of revenge in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of revenge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of revenge

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

revenge Synonyms


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revenge

noun

Definition of revenge

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

Examples of revenge in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of revenge from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'revenge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of revenge

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



REVENGE Defined for English Language Learners

revenge

noun

Definition of revenge for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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revenge

verb re·venge \ ri-ˈvenj \

Definition of revenge for Students

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

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revenge

noun

Definition of revenge for Students

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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