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[ven-juh ns] /ˈvɛn dʒəns/
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,
  1. with force or violence.
  2. greatly; extremely.
  3. to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree:
    He attacked the job with a vengeance.
Origin of 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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Examples from the web for vengeance
  • Where in the old there is vengeance and retribution there is forgiveness in the new.
  • 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.
  • Howbeit these things surely lie on the knees of the gods, whether he shall return or not, and take vengeance in his halls.
  • The pattern is inescapable: she takes disagreements personally, and swiftly deals vengeance on enemies, real or perceived.
  • He wrestles with fidelity, envy, vengeance and forgiveness.
  • She promised to forsake vengeance if her husband were returned safely.
  • Whatever the case, his investment is now paying off with a vengeance.
  • Many armed demonstrators expressed anger and demanded vengeance.
British Dictionary definitions for vengeance


the act of or desire for taking revenge; retributive punishment
with a vengeance, (intensifier): the 70's have returned with a vengeance
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from venger to avenge, from Latin vindicāre to punish; see vindicate
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Word Origin and History for vengeance

c.1300, from Anglo-French vengeaunce, Old French vengeance "revenge," from vengier "take revenge," from Latin 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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