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Definition of vengeance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the act of punishing or harming someone in return for what they have done to you, your family, or your friends synonym revenge
  2. 2 a desire for vengeance vengeance on/upon somebody to take vengeance on someone He swore vengeance on his child's killer.
  3. Idioms
    with a vengeance (informal)
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    to a greater degree than is expected or usual She set to work with a vengeance. After two days the infection came back with a vengeance. After a poor season last year, he's back with a vengeance.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: vengeance