infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge: But have you the right to vengeance?
an act or opportunity of inflicting such trouble: to take one's vengeance.
the desire for revenge: a man full of vengeance.
Obsolete. hurt; injury.
Obsolete. curse; imprecation.
with a vengeance,
with force or violence.
greatly; extremely.
to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree: He attacked the job with a vengeance.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to vengi(er) to avenge (see venge) + -ance -ance

1. requital, retaliation. See revenge.

1. forgiveness. Unabridged
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vengeance (ˈvɛndʒəns)
1.  the act of or desire for taking revenge; retributive punishment
2.  with a vengeance (intensifier): the 70's have returned with a vengeance
[C13: from Old French, from venger to avenge, from Latin vindicāre to punish; see vindicate]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. vengeaunce, O.Fr. vengeance "revenge," from vengier "take revenge," from L. vindicare "to set free, claim, avenge" (see vindicate).
"Vengeance is mine, ... saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head." [Paul to the Romans, xii:19-20]
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see with a vengeance.

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Example sentences
Where in the old there is vengeance and retribution there is forgiveness in the
After a decades-long reprieve, bed bugs have returned with a vengeance,
  plaguing rich and poor alike.
Outlaws ride in and steal all your horses and there is nothing you can do
  except go out and get your vengeance yourself.
It was for vengeance upon a caitiff knight, who had made her lover captive and
  despoiled her of her lands.
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