vengeance
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈvɛnˌdʒəns/
Noun

vengeance

  1. Revenge taken for an insult, injury, or other wrong.
    • 2000, Gladiator (film):
      My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North; General of the Felix Legions; loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius; father to a murdered son; husband to a murdered wife; and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
  2. Desire for revenge.
    • circa 1856 Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit:
      Thereupon full of anger, full of jealousy, full of vengeance, she forms […] a scheme of retribution, […]
    • 2008, Jean Harvey Baker, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography ISBN 0393075680:
      If her husband was all forgiveness, asking the bands to play “Dixie,” she was full of vengeance […]
    • 2011, James Calloway, Black America, Not in This America ISBN 1462868576:
      Are they full of vengeance[?], because they say that people with vengeance in their hearts must dig two graves, one for their enemy and the other for themselves.
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