action taken in return for an injury or offense
revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)
take revenge for a perceived wrong
"He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution, or group for some perceived harm or injustice.
Indifference is the sweetest revenge.
To take one's revenge (on or upon) someone.
I will revenge myself upon you!
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.
To take vengeance.
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
to inflict injury for, in a spiteful, wrong, or malignant spirit; to wreak vengeance for maliciously
to take vengeance; -- with
the act of revenging; vengeance; retaliation; a returning of evil for evil
the disposition to revenge; a malignant wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rē-venj′, v.t. to punish in return: to avenge.—v.i. to take vengeance.—n. the act of revenging: injury inflicted in return: a malicious injuring in return for an injury received: the passion for retaliation.—adj. Revenge′ful, full of revenge or a desire to inflict injury in return: vindictive: malicious.—adv. Revenge′fully.—n. Revenge′fulness.—adj. Revenge′less.—ns. Revenge′ment; Reveng′er.—adv. Reveng′ingly.—Give one his revenge, to play a return match with a defeated opponent. [O. Fr. revenger, revencher (Fr. revancher)—L. re-, in return, vindicāre, to lay claim to.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'revenge' in Nouns Frequency: #2898
The numerical value of revenge in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of revenge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- انتقام, ثأرArabic
- qisas, intiqamAzerbaijani
- отмъщение, мъстBulgarian
- revenja, revenjar-seCatalan, Valencian
- rächen, RacheGerman
- εκδικούμαι, εκδίκησηGreek
- kostaa, kostoFinnish
- vengeance, vengerFrench
- dìoghaltasScottish Gaelic
- վրեժ, քեն, ոխArmenian
- balas dendamIndonesian
- rivincita, vendicarsi, ritorsione, rivalsa, vendettaItalian
- 復讐, 報復, リベンジJapanese
- შურისძიება, შურისგებაGeorgian
- кек, өшKazakh
- 復讐, 복수Korean
- vindicta, ultioLatin
- atriebe, atriebībaLatvian
- uto, ngakingaMāori
- одмазда, одмаздуваMacedonian
- өс авахMongolian
- răzbunare, răzbunaRomanian
- мстить, реванш, отомстить, воздаяние, месть, отмщение, мщениеRussian
- освета, osvetiti se, òdmazda, ȍsveta, одмаздаSerbo-Croatian
- hakmarrje, gjakmarrjeAlbanian
- trả thùVietnamese
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