- IPA: /ɹɪˈvɛndʒ/
- Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution, or group#Noun|group for some alleged#Adjective|alleged or perceived harm#Noun|harm or injustice.
- Synonyms: payback, wreak, Thesaurus:revenge
- Indifference is the sweetest revenge.
- When I left my wife, she tried to set fire to the house in revenge.
- A win#Noun|win by a previous loser.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter I, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
- “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
- French: vengeance, revanche
- German: Rache
- Italian: vendetta, rivincita, rivalsa, ritorsione
- Portuguese: vingança
- Russian: месть
- Spanish: venganza
revenge (revenges, present participle revenging; past and past participle revenged)
- (transitive) To take#Verb|take revenge for (a particular harmful action) or on behalf of (its victim); to avenge.
- Arsenal revenged its loss to Manchester United last time with a 5–0 drubbing this time.
- to revenge the death of our fathers
- The gods are just, and will revenge our cause.
- circa 1840, Leigh Hunt, The Seer; Or, Common-places Refreshed
- However, my veneration for that illustrious man was so great, that on the night when he died, I revenged him finely on his two principal enemies.
- (transitive, reflexive) To take one's revenge (on or upon someone).
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come, / Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius.
- (intransitive, archaic) To take vengeance; to revenge itself.
- c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
- a bird that will revenge upon you all
- 1814, Dante Alighieri, “Canto VII”, in H[enry] F[rancis] Cary, transl., The Vision; or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, of Dante Alighieri. [...] In Three Volumes, volume III (Paradise), London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, […], OCLC 559008226 ↗, lines 45–47, page 30 ↗:
- Count it not hard henceforth, when thou dost hear / That a just vengeance was by righteous court / Justly reveng'd. [...]
- French: se venger (de quelqu'un)
- Portuguese: vingar
- Russian: мстить