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From Middle French revenge, a derivation from Middle French revenger, from Old French revengier (possibly influenced by Old Occitan revènge (revenge, comeback), from Old Occitan revenir (to come back)), a variant of Middle French revancher, from Old French revenchier. The variants Old French vengier (whence French venger) and Old French venchier are both descended from Latin vindicare, with stress-conditioned different parallel development in the inflectional forms. Compare avenge and vengeance.



revenge (usually uncountable, plural revenges)

  1. Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution, or group for some perceived harm or injustice.
    Indifference is the sweetest revenge.
    When I left my wife, she tried to set fire to the house in revenge.
  2. (competition) A win by the previous loser.


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revenge (third-person singular simple present revenges, present participle revenging, simple past and past participle revenged)

  1. (reflexive) To take one's revenge (on or upon) someone.
    • Shakespeare
      Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come, / Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius.
  2. (transitive) To take revenge for (a particular harmful action), to avenge.
    • Ld. Berners
      to revenge the death of our fathers
    • Dryden
      The gods are just, and will revenge our cause.
    Arsenal revenged its loss to Manchester United last time with a 5-0 drubbing this time.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To take vengeance; to revenge itself.
    • Shakespeare
      A bird that will revenge upon you all.


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