revenge
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɹɪˈvɛndʒ/
Noun

revenge (uncountable)

  1. 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.
  2. 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”.
Translations Verb

revenge (revenges, present participle revenging; past and past participle revenged)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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. [...]
Translations Translations
  • French: venger
  • German: rächen
  • Italian: vendicarsi
  • Portuguese: vingar-se
  • Russian: мстить
Translations
  • Portuguese: vingar
  • Russian: мстить



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