avenge

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French avengier, from a- (upon) + vengier, from Latin vindicō.

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avenge (plural avenges)

  1. A vengeance; a revenge.

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avenge (third-person singular simple present avenges, present participle avenging, simple past and past participle avenged)

  1. (transitive) To take vengeance (for); to exact satisfaction for by punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting pain or evil on a wrongdoer.
    to avenge the murder of his brother
    • Milton
      Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones / Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To take vengeance.
  3. (archaic) To treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on.
    • Bishop Hall
      thy judgment in avenging thine enemies

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