Definition of vengeance in English:



  • [mass noun] Punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.

    ‘voters are ready to wreak vengeance on all politicians’
    • ‘How can the death penalty been seen as anything other than vengeance?’
    • ‘In the end, I set the game of chess back a few hundred years and Robert had his vengeance.’
    • ‘The resulting outcry and desire for vengeance will rally the Arab states to another invasion.’
    • ‘The blood of these innocents will cry out to Heaven for vengeance and vengeance will be theirs.’
    • ‘So in the end it sort of has a happy ending, in that you get to see Grace exact vengeance.’
    • ‘It is blatantly unethical to wreak vengeance upon innocent bystanders.’
    • ‘He was also accused of seeking vengeance against colleagues who reported his corruption.’
    • ‘The novel is a tale of vengeance wreaked by one jealous twin on her sister across decades, cities and continents.’
    • ‘The point of a mystery is that the culprit is revealed to general surprise, not that vengeance is exacted for his crime.’
    • ‘I say that the death penalty can act as both deterrent and public vengeance upon the perpetrator.’
    • ‘To some extent, therefore, retribution reflects society's desire for vengeance.’
    • ‘A young chicken farmer is torn apart when he's caught between vengeance and his love of a churn girl.’
    • ‘But such cathartic vengeance would do nothing to curb the menace of transnational terrorism.’
    • ‘When do we mark the passage from justice to vengeance and from vengeance to new injustice?’
    • ‘It would be a sin to wreak vengeance on the innocent, but it would be a temptation very tough to control.’
    • ‘The official machinery was blatantly misused to wreak vengeance and carry out vendetta.’
    • ‘I have no qualms with the premise of a pimp exacting vengeance from beyond the grave.’
    • ‘We still have a few scores to settle and last week was a great start to achieving the satisfaction of vengeance.’
    • ‘If they fail, the electorate in due course exacts its vengeance by throwing them out.’
    • ‘But even I will admit that England achieved more than vengeance against Argentina.’
    revenge, avengement, retribution, retributive justice, retaliation, requital, reprisal
    counterstroke, comeback, nemesis, satisfaction, tit for tat, measure for measure, blow for blow
    quid pro quo, lex talionis
    comeuppance, a taste of one's own medicine
    ultion, a roland for an oliver
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  • with a vengeance

    • Used to emphasize the degree to which something occurs or is true.

      ‘her headache was back with a vengeance’
      • ‘The Manchester United empire continues to strike back with a vengeance rather than crumbling away.’
      • ‘Locals say a lot of this woodland is regrowth that's come back with a vengeance, in the absence of fire and rabbits.’
      • ‘Though early in the mission, the Metallica plan appears to be working with a vengeance.’
      • ‘The Wiltshire Festival is set to return this summer - and the organisers say it will be back with a vengeance.’
      • ‘I tear at the paper with a vengeance to reveal that my dream had come true also.’
      • ‘Two months later, arthritis returned with a vengeance and he had no recourse but to go back to the acupuncturist.’
      • ‘After that, reality will click back in with a vengeance as they face a test as tough as any exam - trying to survive financially.’
      • ‘Make no mistake, as a father I abhor these people with a vengeance.’
      • ‘What the summer proved beyond doubt is that the gulf between Northern and Southern Hemisphere rugby is back with a vengeance.’
      • ‘Day traders are back with a vengeance, illustrated by the increased traffic at online trading sites.’
      vigorously, strenuously, energetically, with a will, with might and main, with all the stops out, for all one is worth, to the utmost, to the greatest extreme, to the full, to the limit, all out, flat out, at full tilt
      powerfully, strongly, forcefully, violently, vehemently, furiously, wildly, madly
      hammer and tongs, like crazy, like mad
      like billy-o
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Middle English: from Old French, from venger, vengier avenge, from Latin vindicare vindicate.