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



BrE BrE//ˈvendʒəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvendʒəns//
[uncountable] (formal) Terrorism
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  • the act of punishing or harming somebody in return for what they have done to you, your family or friends synonym revenge a desire for vengeance vengeance on/upon somebody to take vengeance on somebody He swore vengeance on his child's killer. See related entries: Terrorism
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from venger ‘avenge’.Extra examples He sought vengeance against those who had humiliated his country. He stormed out, eyes blazing, bent on vengeance. She is determined to wreak vengeance on those who killed her cousin. They sought vengeance against the countries that had humiliated France in 1814. vengeance for the murder of the princess He sets out to exact vengeance for the Trojan victory. He swore vengeance on his child’s killer. Vengeance was swift and brutal.Idioms (informal) 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.
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