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
The bill that McConnell unveiled in the Senate earlier this month achieved that goal with a vengeance.
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However, Toronto FC has responded to that setback with a vengeance, and has the league's best record so far this season.
And now the monster, which surfaced 50 years ago and killed a student, is back with a vengeance.
In addition to that thing the main characters want, they're also being pursued by the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), an unkillable force of vengeance introduced gradually last season.
Instead, Iran’s fiery act of vengeance seemed to be a message aimed at both the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia.
Real people with Williams are the least likely among us to even contemplate vengeance, or cruelty of any kind.
As Sweeney prepares his bloody vengeance against those who’ve wronged him (and a few poor sods who haven’t), Gonio is like a looming thundercloud gathering barometric pressure before a horrific storm.
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Origin and Etymology of vengeance
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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