Definition of revenge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    revenge

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvendʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvendʒ//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1something that you do in order to make somebody suffer because they have made you suffer He swore to take (his) revenge on his political enemies. She is seeking revenge for the murder of her husband. The bombing was in revenge for the assassination. an act of revenge revenge attacks/killings
  2. 2(sport) the defeat of a person or team that defeated you in a previous game The team wanted to get revenge for their defeat earlier in the season.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French revencher, from late Latin revindicare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + vindicare ‘claim, avenge’.Extra examples He vowed to take his revenge on the man who had killed his brother. Revenge is sweet, so they say. She desperately wanted to take revenge on her attacker. The accusations were driven by a desire for revenge. The attack was in revenge for the deaths of two loyalist prisoners. The bombing was an act of revenge for the shooting of two young boys. This was sweet revenge for our defeat earlier in the season. revenge for the insult taking revenge on her attacker He swore to take revenge on his political enemies. His death set off a series of revenge killings. The team wanted to get their revenge for their defeat earlier in the season. There were television appeals that acts of revenge should cease.
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