• WordNet 3.6
    • v revenge take revenge for a perceived wrong "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
    • n revenge action taken in return for an injury or offense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Revenge The act of revenging; vengeance; retaliation; a returning of evil for evil. "Certainly, in taking revenge , a man is even with his enemy; but in passing it over he is superior."
    • Revenge The disposition to revenge; a malignant wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury. "Revenge now goes
      To lay a complot to betray thy foes."
      "The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel."
    • Revenge To inflict harm in return for, as an injury, insult, etc.; to exact satisfaction for, under a sense of injury; to avenge; -- followed either by the wrong received, or by the person or thing wronged, as the object, or by the reciprocal pronoun as direct object, and a preposition before the wrong done or the wrongdoer. "To revenge the death of our fathers.""The gods are just, and will revenge our cause.""Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come, Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius."
    • Revenge To inflict injury for, in a spiteful, wrong, or malignant spirit; to wreak vengeance for maliciously.
    • v. i Revenge To take vengeance; -- with "A bird that will revenge upon you all."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • revenge To take vengeance on account of; inflict punishment because of; exact retribution for; obtain or seek to obtain satisfaction for, especially with the idea of gratifying a sense of injury or vindictiveness: as, to revenge an insult.
    • revenge To satisfy by taking vengeance; secure atonement or expiation to, as for an injury; avenge the real or fancied wrongs of; especially, to gratify the vindictive spirit of: as, to revenge one's self for rude treatment.
    • revenge Synonyms Avenge, Revenge. See avenge.
    • revenge To take vengeance.
    • n revenge The act of revenging; the execution of vengeance; retaliation for wrongs real or fancied; hence, the gratification of vindictive feeling.
    • n revenge That which is done by way of vengeance; a revengeful or vindictive act; a retaliatory measure; a means of revenging one's self.
    • n revenge The desire to be revenged; the emotion which is aroused by an injury or affront, and which leads to retaliation; vindictiveness of mind.
    • n revenge Synonyms Revenge, Vengeance, Retribution, Retaliation, and Reprisal agree in expressing the visiting of evil upon others in return for their misdeeds. Revenge is the carrying out of a bitter desire to injure an enemy for a wrong done to one's self or to those who seem a part of one's self, and is a purely personal feeling. It generally has reference to one's equals or superiors, and the malignant feeling is all the more bitter when it cannot be gratified. Vengeance has an earlier and a later use. In its earlier use it may arise from no personal feeling, but may be visited upon a person for another's wrong as well as for his own. In the Scripture it means retribution with indignation. as in Rom. xii. 19: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord,” where it is a reservation for Jehovah of the offices of distributive and retributive justice. In its later use it involves the idea of wrathful retribution, whether just, unjust, or excessive; it is often a furious revenge: hence there is a general tendency to turn to other words to express just retribution, especially as an act of God. Retribution bears more in mind the amount of the wrong done, viewing it as a sort of loan whose equivalent is in some way paid back. Any evil result befalling the perpetrator of a bad deed in consequence of that deed is said to be a retribution, whether occurring by human intention or not; personal agency is not prominent in the idea of retribution. Retaliation combines the notion of equivalent return, which is found in retribution, with a distinctly personal agency and intention; sometimes, unlike the preceding words, it has a light sense for good humored teasing or banter. Reprisal is an act of retaliation in war, its essential point being the capture of something in return or as indemnification for pecuniary damage from the other side. The word has also a looser figurative meaning, amounting essentially to retaliation of any sort. See avenge, requital, and the definition of retorsion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Revenge rē-venj′ to punish in return: to avenge
    • v.i Revenge to take vengeance
    • n Revenge the act of revenging: injury inflicted in return: a malicious injuring in return for an injury received: the passion for retaliation
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  • Roman Polanski
    Roman Polanski
    “Every failure made me more confident. Because I wanted even more to achieve as revenge. To show that I could.”
  • Josh Billings
    “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.”
  • Sacha Guitry
    Sacha Guitry
    “When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.”
  • Morgan Nito
    Morgan Nito
    “Surviving well is your finest revenge.”


Revenge is sweet - When you are happy to be proved right, then you know that revenge is sweet.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. revengier, F. revancher,; pref. re-, re- + OF. vengier, to avenge, revenge, F. venger, L. vindicare,. See Vindicate Vengerance, and cf. Revindicate


In literature:

And if they did so, revenge would speedily follow defeat.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
It does not design to punish; it would not take hasty revenge.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
How sweet a thing is revenge!
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
The old camel was going to have his revenge.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
But he was capable of seeking some kind of revenge, such as turning Raoul against him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
But should the Dogs detect me in the Fraud, They are malicious, and would have Revenge.
"Ponteach" by Robert Rogers
I have only one sentiment left to guide me, and that is Revenge.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
Yes, he would do all for him faithfully, up to the point of revenge.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
He breathed no threatenings of revenge for disobedience, of forgiveness for the penitent.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
The knowledge that he had thus been outwitted would rankle in the man's brain, and he was one to seek revenge.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish

In poetry:

"Yett shall not Scotts nor Scotland say,
But I will vengeance take,
I'll be revenged on them all,
For brave Erle Perceys sake."
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British
'Twas I that gathered eastward all the bands,
Revenging the foul wrong upon me wrought
By the Ultonians. Hither from their lands
The chiefs, the battle-warriors I have brought.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Dark was the night when, revengeful, I met you,
Deep in the heart of a desolate land.
Warm was the life-blood which angrily wet you
Sharp was the knife that I felt from your hand.
"The Murdered Lover" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Revenge will triumph o'er thy certain sting,
And Grief oft flies to thee with eager wing;
Love slights thy arrows, smiling, as the dart
Drinks the warm blood, that swell'd his aching heart!
"Ode on Death" by Emma Lyon
Oh, Henry! oh! why did I treat thee with scorn?
Ah! why let thee scatter thy sighs to the wind?
Well art thou reveng'd; 'tis now I that must mourn,
For e'er having us'd thee, my Henry, unkind.
"To Lindorf" by Charlotte Dacre
His looks were at his own command;
Through vaulted roofs his words expand;
While from their seats spectators lean
With greedy ears to hear;
Their passions, at his will, are seen,
Revenge, or hate, or love, or fear.
"On Garrick" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

'Attack of the Clones,' 'Revenge of the Sith ' Back in Theaters in Fall 2013.
Revenge of the Sith Plug It In & Play.
'Revenge of the Sith '.
Revenge of the Sith 3D' Release Now Fending Off 'Attack of the Clones 3D.
Looking good is always the best revenge.
'Revenge' recap, Bye bye, Amanda, and Daniel goes sleuthing .
Gets sliver of revenge, beats Dallas in first trip back since last year's playoffs.
Exact your revenge on technology at Printer Smash.
Sanibel's Sweet Revenge on a Snowbird.
Sanibel's Sweet Revenge on a Snowbird .
Sorcery , Horror and Revenge.
Unveils crime series 'Tony's Revenge'.
Many speak of exacting revenge on the Alawites when they get back home.
Someone who takes revenge violates a Biblical prohibition, as it is written: "Do not take revenge".
President Obama said that voting for him was a good revenge.

In science:

Perturbation series takes its revenge by growing too fast.
Stringy Instantons
The theorists can modestly claim that they have taken revenge for Leon’s remark.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
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