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vengeance

[ven-juh ns] /ˈvɛn dʒəns/
noun
1.
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?
2.
an act or opportunity of inflicting such trouble:
to take one's vengeance.
3.
the desire for revenge:
a man full of vengeance.
4.
Obsolete. hurt; injury.
5.
Obsolete. curse; imprecation.
Idioms
6.
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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to vengi(er) to avenge (see venge) + -ance -ance
Synonyms
1. requital, retaliation. See revenge.
Antonyms
1. forgiveness.
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Examples 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

vengeance

/ˈvɛndʒəns/
noun
1.
the act of or desire for taking revenge; retributive punishment
2.
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
vengeance
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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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