• WordNet 3.6
    • n vengeance the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19 "Vengeance is mine","For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield","he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him","the swiftness of divine retribution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vengeance Harm; mischief.
    • Vengeance Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge. "To me belongeth vengeance and recompense.""To execute fierce vengeance on his foes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vengeance Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense. Vengeance generally implies indignation on the part of the punisher, and more or less justice in the nature of the punishment; it may also be inflicted for wrong done to others, as well as to the punisher, in which respects it is usually distinguished from revenge.
    • n vengeance Harm, mischief, or evil generally: formerly often used as an imprecation, especially in the phrase what a (the) vengeance!
    • n vengeance Synonyms 1. Retribution, Retaliation, etc. See revenge.
    • vengeance Extremely; very.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vengeance the infliction of punishment upon another in return for an injury or offence: retribution:
    • n Vengeance (Shak.) harm, mischief
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  • Pierre Corneille
    “Just vengeance does not call for punishment.”
  • John Jefferson
    John Jefferson
    “One good act of vengeance deserves another.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.”
  • Bible
    “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Vengeance has no foresight.”
  • John Ford
    John Ford
    “Delay in vengeance delivers a heavier blow.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vengeance, fr. venger, to avenge, L. vindicare, to lay claim to, defend, avenge, fr. vindex, a claimant, defender, avenger, the first part of which is of uncertain origin, and the last part akin to dicere, to say. See Diction, and cf. Avenge Revenge Vindicate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. venger—L. vindicāre.


In literature:

Together they plotted to take vengeance on them, and it was a vengeance as mean as their souls.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Now he knew the road of vengeance!
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Wilt save Rome and the Empire from a deadly crime and the devastating vengeance of the outraged gods?
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
For a long time Niobe could not believe that the gods had thus brought vengeance.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
I remembered how he told me that if a Trewinion did what was unlawful he brought down the vengeance of Heaven.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Misery is near, and promised vengeance is far off; and that chimes-in but poorly with the feelings and nature of man.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
They are swearing allegiance to her, and vowing vengeance against any who thwart her will.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
The officer on shore threatened him with the vengeance of Sulla if he failed to yield the fugitive.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Vengeance was near at hand!
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Their watchwords are vengeance and confiscation.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
REANDA neither wished to see Gloria again, nor to take vengeance upon Paul Griggs.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
He then conveyed him to the iron throne which he had prepared for the scene of his vengeance.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Vengeance, it is said, is the delight of kings.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
He was afraid of the fellow's vengeance.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The Count of Arestino remained alone to brood over his plans of vengeance.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
He had stood over her, shielding her from the vengeance of her kindred pressing around.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Tom's face had done that already, and she was meditating vengeance.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
The officers stood aghast at the order, which seemed to them likely to call down the vengeance of Heaven upon their heads.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Abjuring the world, and roaming through it with a vengeance!
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
I come for justice, not for vengeance.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker

In poetry:

To many things the damned's woe
Is liked in the word,
And that because no one can show
The vengeance of the Lord.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Oft he forgave their sins,
Nor would destroy their race;
And oft he made his vengeance known,
When they abused his grace.
"Psalm 99 part 2" by Isaac Watts
"Justice, O King, and on myself!
On this great sinner, who did break
The law, and by the law must die!
Vengeance, O King!"
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
I'll sing thy majesty and grace;
My God prepares his throne
To judge the world in righteousness,
And make his vengeance known.
"Psalm 9 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Chill and mirk is the nightly blast,
Where Pindus' mountains rise,
And angry clouds are pouring fast
The vengeance of the skies.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Let sinners join to break your peace,
And plot, and rage, and foam;
The Lord derides them, for he sees
Their day of vengeance come.
"Psalm 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

On a catering crusade with a vengeance.
Dean Malenko News Archive from Vengeance.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
I felt totally burned by Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Food Scrooges nationwide are going after the man in the red suit with a vengeance.
The caveman inside me just woke with a vengeance.
In addition, the brand returns with a vengeance to the riding footwear category with five new styles.
Quentin Tarantino's WWII wet dream of vengeance, Inglourious Basterds, was worth the wait.
Sportshorts'll get back with a vengeance to those sports next week as local teams begin the stretch run to the state playoffs.
Al-Qaida wants vengeance for offending "Innocence of Muslims" footage.
And it's back with a vengeance this year.
This week I review Bob Dylan's 35th studio album "Tempest" along with a re-issue of Judas Priest's heavy metal classic "Screaming for Vengeance.".
Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance" 30th Anniversary CD/DVD is Out – Get It.
They will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE.
Judas Priest to Release 30th Anniversary Edition of 'Screaming for Vengeance.

In science:

When we have been wronged, should we not to revenge? Then our main motivation is here: when reality is a lie, the song of science must be a song of vengeance. A man in Syracuse has been killed, all our milenia-old family has been dishonoured.
Dream of a Christmas lecture