with a vengeance

vengeance

[ven-juhns]
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,
a.
with force or violence.
b.
greatly; extremely.
c.
to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree: He attacked the job with a vengeance.

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


1. requital, retaliation. See revenge.


1. forgiveness.
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vengeance (ˈvɛndʒəns)
 
n
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

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]
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Idioms & Phrases

with a vengeance

With great violence or energy; also, to an extreme degree. For example, The cottage was filthy and Ruth began cleaning with a vengeance, or December has turned cold with a vengeance. This expression was first recorded in 1533. Also see with a will.

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