Definitions for revengerɪˈvɛndʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•venge*rɪˈvɛndʒ(v.; n.)-venged, -veng•ing

  1. (v.t.)to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, esp. in a vindictive spirit:

    to revenge a murdered brother.

  2. to inflict pain or harm for; take vengeance for; avenge:

    to revenge a son's murder.

  3. (n.)the act of revenging; retaliation for injuries or wrongs; vengeance.

  4. something done in vengeance.

  5. the desire to revenge; vindictiveness.

  6. an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction.

* Syn: revenge , reprisal , retribution , vengeance suggest a punishment or injury inflicted in return for one received. revenge is the carrying out of a bitter desire to injure another for a wrong done to oneself or to those who are close to oneself: to plot revenge for a friend's betrayal. reprisal is used specifically in the context of warfare; it means retaliation against an enemy: The guerrillas expected reprisals for the raid. retribution usu. suggests deserved punishment for some evil done: a just retribution for wickedness. vengeance is usu. vindictive, furious revenge: He swore vengeance against his enemies.

Origin of revenge:

1350–1400; ME < MF, OF revenger=re-re - +venger to avenge< L vindicāre


Princeton's WordNet

  1. retaliation, revenge(verb)

    action taken in return for an injury or offense

  2. revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. revenge(noun)ɪˈvɛndʒ

    when sb does sth bad to sb who has done sth bad to them

    a plan to get revenge on her ex-lover


  1. revenge(Noun)

    Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution, or group for some perceived harm or injustice.

    Indifference is the sweetest revenge.

  2. revenge(Verb)

    To take one's revenge (on or upon) someone.

    I will revenge myself upon you!

  3. revenge(Verb)

    To take revenge for (a particular harmful action), to avenge.

    Arsenal revenged its loss to Manchester United last time with a 5-0 drubbing this time.

  4. revenge(Verb)

    To take vengeance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revenge(verb)

    to inflict harm in return for, as an injury, insult, etc.; to exact satisfaction for, under a sense of injury; to avenge; -- followed either by the wrong received, or by the person or thing wronged, as the object, or by the reciprocal pronoun as direct object, and a preposition before the wrong done or the wrongdoer

  2. Revenge(verb)

    to inflict injury for, in a spiteful, wrong, or malignant spirit; to wreak vengeance for maliciously

  3. Revenge(verb)

    to take vengeance; -- with

  4. Revenge(noun)

    the act of revenging; vengeance; retaliation; a returning of evil for evil

  5. Revenge(noun)

    the disposition to revenge; a malignant wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury


  1. Revenge

    Revenge is a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. It is also called payback, retribution, retaliation or vengeance; it may be characterized as a form of justice, an altruistic action which enforces societal or moral justice aside from the legal system. Francis Bacon described it as a kind of "wild justice.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'revenge' in Nouns Frequency: #2898

Anagrams of revenge

  1. genever

Translations for revenge

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


harm done to another person in return for harm which he has done (to oneself or to someone else)

The man told the manager he would get/have his revenge / take revenge on the company for dismissing him; His revenge was to burn down the factory.

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