|1.||the act of retaliating for wrongs or injury received; vengeance|
|2.||something done as a means of vengeance|
|3.||the desire to take vengeance or retaliate|
|4.||a return match, regarded as a loser's opportunity to even the score|
|5.||to inflict equivalent injury or damage for (injury received); retaliate in return for|
|6.||to take vengeance for (oneself or another); avenge|
|[C14: from Old French revenger, from Late Latin revindicāre, from |
To avenge is to get revenge or to take vengeance; it suggests the administration of just punishment for a criminal or immoral act. Revenge seems to stress the idea of retaliation a bit more strongly and implies real hatred as its motivation. ["The Columbia Guide to Standard American English," 1993]The noun is first recorded 1540s.