What does revenge mean?

Definitions for revenge

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word revenge.

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.

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.]

Suggested Resources

  1. revenge

    The revenge symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the revenge symbol and its characteristic.

  2. revenge

    Song lyrics by revenge -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by revenge on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce revenge?

How to say revenge in sign language?


  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. Dolly Parton:

    I can’t say her real name, i saw her a few years back and she was broad as a barn, so I didn’t feel so threatened anymore after seeing her. I thought, ‘There’s my revenge!’.

  2. Michel de Montaigne:

    Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.

  3. Niccolo Machiavelli:

    People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.

  4. Lindsay Lohan:

    I think success is the best revenge — and silence, as a presence, when I chose to change my future, my life, I was like, ‘ Where’s the one place I can find silence ? ’.

  5. 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.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for revenge

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for revenge »


Find a translation for the revenge definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these revenge definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "revenge." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 31 Jan. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/revenge>.

    Are we missing a good definition for revenge? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    make uniform
    • A. exacerbate
    • B. knead
    • C. caddie
    • D. abrade

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for revenge: