What does avenge mean?

Definitions for avenge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliateverb

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"


  1. avengenoun

    A vengeance; a revenge.

  2. avengeverb

    To take vengeance (for); to exact satisfaction for by punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting pain or evil on a wrongdoer.

  3. avengeverb

    To treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on.

  4. Etymology: From avengier, from a- + vengier, from vindicare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AVENGEverb

    Etymology: venger, Fr.

    I will avenge me of mine enemies. Isaiah, i. 24.

    They stood against their enemies, and were avenged of their adversaries. Wisd. xi. 3.

    I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu. Hosea, i. 4.

    Till Jove, no longer patient, took his time
    T’ avenge with thunder your audacious crime. Dryden.


  1. avenge

    Avenge is an action or response with the purpose of inflicting harm or damage on someone in retaliation for wrong they have done to oneself or another. It often involves giving appropriate punishment or seeking justice for a grievous act committed against someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avengeverb

    to take vengeance for; to exact satisfaction for by punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting pain or evil on a wrongdoer

  2. Avengeverb

    to treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on

  3. Avengeverb

    to take vengeance

  4. Avengenoun

    vengeance; revenge

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avenge

    a-venj′, v.t. to vindicate: take vengeance on some one on account of some injury or wrong (with on, upon; of obsolete).—adj. Avenge′ful.—ns. Avenge′ment; Aveng′er, one who avenges:—fem. Aveng′eress. [O. Fr. avengier—L. vindicāre. See Vengeance.]

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Anagrams for avenge »

  1. Geneva

  2. vangee

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avenge in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avenge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of avenge in a Sentence

  1. Edmund Burke:

    I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.

  2. Bruce Harrington:

    What's driving me is a sense of wanting to avenge the death of my brother and his wife.

  3. Karl Kraus:

    Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.

  4. Marie Antoinette:

    Let my son never forget the last words of his father, which I repeat emphatically; let him never seek to avenge our deaths.

  5. Sean Mayers:

    ShipYourEnemiesGlitter is all about one-time revenge, bad Neighbour Notes is all about the ability to avenge yourself over and over again for all of the annoying things your neighbour does to you.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    A abash
    B rumpus
    C render
    D efface

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