Examples of vengeance in a Sentence
He thought briefly of the long-dead woman bound to this stone in 1654 and burnt alive as a witch. And for what? An over-sharp tongue, delusions, mental eccentricity, to satisfy a private vengeance, the need for a scapegoat in times of sickness or the failure of a harvest, or perhaps as a sacrifice to propitiate a malignant unnamed god? —P. D. James, The Private Patient, 2008
Unlike the type of cannibalism much of the world had come to know—among desperate explorers, marooned sailors, and victims of famine—the Cinta Larga's consumption of human flesh was born not out of necessity but out of vengeance and an adherence to tribal traditions and ceremony. —Candice Millard, The River of Doubt, 2005
As it turns out, police crackdowns in the 1990's did not so much destroy Los Angeles street gangs as temporarily displace them to Central America. Soon they returned with a vengeance; gang-related homicide rose 50 percent between 1999 and 2002. —Richard Brookhiser, New York Times Book Review, 9 Jan. 2005
He is trying to do in his corner of Texas what death-penalty opponents say is impossible: enforce capital punishment flawlessly, ensuring that the innocent never spend a day on death row and the guilty are sent there only after trials free of bias and vengeance. —John Cloud, Time, 14 July 2003
A holy war may be launched to root out terrorism, but its form must be a punitive crusade, an angry god's vengeance exacted upon sinners, since no proper war can exist when there is no recognition of the other's list of grievances, no awareness of the relentless dynamic binding the powerful and powerless. —John Edgar Wideman, Harper's, March 2002
The fire was set as an act of vengeance.
Angry protesters wanted to inflict vengeance on the killer.
Recent Examples of vengeance from the Web
Both statements were apt for an alarming episode in which the Underwoods’ past victims re-emerged for vengeance while the administration geared up for a land war in Syria.
The series then took a few months off before coming back with a vengeance after Trump's inauguration.
A senior Afghan official said the government was once again struggling between trying to moderate its reaction to keep the door open for a peace process, and being led by an angry public demanding vengeance.
But should the president’s character again be seriously questioned, the Republican preference for Pence could easily reappear with a vengeance.
But in 2013 this trend asserted itself with a vengeance.
But Twitter users immediately fired back, saying WikiLeaks would use the list to take political vengeance against those who criticize it.
Fox News has now called the Indiana Senate race for Republican Todd Young, and consider Democrat Evan Bayh’s loss the vengeance of ObamaCare.
And at worst, as dark vengeance against the very idea of being slighted.
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VENGEANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vengeance for English Language Learners
: the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you or someone else
VENGEANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of vengeance for Students
: harm done to someone usually as punishment in return for an injury or offense
with a vengeance
1 : with great force or effect
2 : to an extreme or excessive degree
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