- (rare) The inflicting of retributive punishment; satisfaction taken.
- 1591: Edmund Spenser, Muiopotmos - Nought may thee save from heavens avengement.
- 1649: John Milton. Eikonoklastes - God's avengement of his repulse at Hull
- 1843: Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XIV, Henry of Essex - Of St. Edmund’s fearful avengements have they not the remarkablest instance still before their eyes?