• IPA: /əˈvɛnd͡ʒ/

avenge (avenges, present participle avenging; past and past participle avenged)

  1. (transitive) To take vengeance (for); to exact satisfaction for by punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting pain or evil on a wrongdoer.
    to avenge the murder of his brother
    • 1673, John Milton, “Sonnet XV. On the late Maſſacher in Piemont.”, in Poems, &c. upon Several Occaſions., London: Printed for Tho. Dring […] , OCLC 1050806759 ↗, page 58 ↗:
      Avenge O Lord thy ſlaughter'd Saints, whoſe bones / Lie ſcatter'd on the Alpine mountains cold,
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To take vengeance.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Leviticus 19:18 ↗:
      Thou shalt not auenge nor beare any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt loue thy neighbor as thy selfe: I am the Lord.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on.
    • thy judgment in avenging thine enemies
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avenge (plural avenges)

  1. (archaic) An act of vengeance; a revenge.

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