What does revenge mean?

Definitions for revenge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retaliation, revengeverb

    action taken in return for an injury or offense

  2. revenge, avenge, retaliateverb

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"


  1. revengenoun

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

    Indifference is the sweetest revenge.

  2. revengeverb

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

    I will revenge myself upon you!

  3. revengeverb

    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. revengeverb

    To take vengeance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Revengenoun

    Return of an injury.

    Etymology: revenche, revanche, Fr.

    Revenges burn in them: for their dear causes
    Would, to the bleeding and the grim alarm,
    Excite the mortified man. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    May we, with the witness of a good conscience, pursue him with further revenge. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    I will make mine arrows drunk with blood; from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. Deutr. xxxii. 42.

    Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and take our revenge on him. Jer. xx. 10.

    Deformed persons are commonly even with nature; for as nature has done ill by them, so they do by nature; being void of natural affection, they have their revenge of nature. Francis Bacon.

    What will not ambition and revenge descend to. John Milton.

    The satyr in a rage
    Forgets his bus’ness is to laugh and bite,
    And will of death and dire revenges write. Dryden.

    Draco, the Athenian lawgiver, granted an impunity to any person that took revenge upon an adulterer. William Broome.

  2. To REVENGEverb

    Etymology: revencher, revancher, Fr.

    If our hard fortune no compassion draws,
    The gods are just, and will revenge our cause. Dryden.

    Come, Antony and young Octavius,
    Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    It is a quarrel most unnatural,
    To be reveng’d on him that loveth thee. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Northumberland slew thy father;
    And thine, lord Clifford; and you vow’d revenge:
    If I be not, heav’ns be reveng’d on me! William Shakespeare.

    Edom hath revenged himself upon Judah. Ezek. xxv. 12.

    O Lord, visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors. Jer.

    Who shall come to stand against thee, to be revenged for the unrighteous men? Wisdom xii. 12.

    Your fury of a wife,
    Not yet content to be reveng’d on you,
    Th’ agents of your passion will pursue. Dryden.


  1. Revenge

    Revenge is committing a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. Primitive justice or retributive justice is often differentiated from more formal and refined forms of justice such as distributive justice and divine judgment.


  1. revenge

    Revenge refers to the act of retaliating or seeking vengeance for an injury, harm, or wrong done to oneself or another by inflicting equivalent or greater harm on the offender. It involves a deliberate intent to return harm in response to perceived injustice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revengeverb

    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. Revengeverb

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

  3. Revengeverb

    to take vengeance; -- with

  4. Revengenoun

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

  5. Revengenoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Revenge

    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.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of revenge in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of revenge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of revenge in a Sentence

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

  2. Dilma Rousseff:

    The new generations deserved to know the truth, but the truth shouldn't be confused with seeking revenge. It shouldn't be a motive for hate or settling scores.

  3. Paul Gauguin:

    Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love.

  5. Scott Adams:

    Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.

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