vengeance

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman vengeaunce, from Old French vengeance, venjance, from vengier ‎(to avenge).

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vengeance ‎(countable and uncountable, plural vengeances)

  1. Revenge taken for an insult, injury, or other wrong.
    • 2000, Gladiator (film):
      My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North; General of the Felix Legions; loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius; father to a murdered son; husband to a murdered wife; and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
  2. Desire for revenge.
    • c. 1856, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit:
      Thereupon full of anger, full of jealousy, full of vengeance, she forms [] a scheme of retribution, []
    • 2008, Jean Harvey Baker, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography (ISBN 0393075680):
      If her husband was all forgiveness, asking the bands to play “Dixie,” she was full of vengeance []
    • 2011, James Calloway, Black America, Not in This America (ISBN 1462868576):
      Are they full of vengeance[?], because they say that people with vengeance in their hearts must dig two graves, one for their enemy and the other for themselves.

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

venger +‎ -ance

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vengeance f ‎(plural vengeances)

  1. revenge, vengeance

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Noun[edit]

vengeance f ‎(oblique plural vengeances, nominative singular vengeance, nominative plural vengeances)

  1. Alternative form of venjance