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 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 Falsely accused of a crime and shipped off to a convict colony in Australia, barber Sweeney returns to 19th-century London determined to be revenged on those who did him wrong — costing him his wife and daughter. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "In CFCArts’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ David Lowe winningly serves up vengeance | Review," 20 Oct. 2019 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 Other observations from the game: ■ The Canadiens, desperately in search of their first win since Nov. 15 (0-4-3 since) and hunting for revenge against the team that handed them an 8-1 loss at home last week, held a 1-0 lead through two periods. BostonGlobe.com, "Observations from the Bruins’ victory the Canadiens - The Boston Globe," 2 Dec. 2019 Interestingly, Rudolph isn’t positioned for revenge on Cleveland. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Just how good is the 49ers' defense? Lamar Jackson is about to let San Francisco know," 30 Nov. 2019 On Thursday night, the Falcons host the Saints, who will be out for revenge. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 13: The No. 1 Ravens and No. 2 49ers will meet on Sunday; Bears inch back into top 20," 26 Nov. 2019 The Habs won the first meeting this season by a 5-4 count in Boston Nov. 5, leaving the Bruins looking for revenge. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens odds, picks and best bets," 26 Nov. 2019 Rashid’s angry and inflammatory Facebook posts calling for revenge and the overthrow of the democratic system and the establishment of Islamic law caught the attention of federal agents in April 2018. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Two South Florida college deans targeted for bombings, feds say," 25 Nov. 2019 Wetherell, looking for revenge, enlisted his son Ian and his stepson Christian Spurling to build a Loch Ness Monster. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The 2,000-Year-Long Search for the Loch Ness Monster," 21 Nov. 2019 The Huskies will be looking for revenge after losing to the Mustangs last season to miss a shot at winning the MSL East title. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019-20 girls basketball preview: Mid-Suburban League," 15 Nov. 2019 Marchers bearing white flowers brandished signs denouncing the police and calling for revenge. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — The death of a Hong Kong student Friday following a police operation unleashed a wave of anger and heralded a new phase in five months of confrontations between authorities and demonstrators calling for democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.," 9 Nov. 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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The first known use of revenge was in the 14th century

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“Revenge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revenging. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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