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See also: rache, Râché, and räche



From Middle High German rāche, from Old High German rāhha, from Proto-West Germanic *wrāku, from Proto-Germanic *wrēkō (persecution, revenge), from Proto-Indo-European *wreg- (to drive).

Cognate with archaic English wreak (revenge). The irregular short vowel in modern German is due to the inherited short vowel in the verb rächen, reinforced by a spelling pronunciation among Low German speakers (who based on their Middle Low German wrāke could not know whether the High German vowel should be long or short; compare the reverse development in Lache).


  • IPA(key): /ˈraxə/, [ˈʁäχə]
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  • Rhymes: -aχə
  • Hyphenation: Ra‧che


Rache f (genitive Rache, no plural)

  1. revenge; vengeance


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Further reading[edit]

  • Rache” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Rache” in Duden online