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Definitions of vengeance

  1. the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. Revenge, usually just; righteous repayment of an injury or offense; retribution. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. The infliction of punishment upon another, in return for an injury or offence: retribution. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Infliction of punishment for an injury or offence; retribution. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. The infliction of punishment; retribution, revenge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The infliction of pain or punishment on another in return for an injury or offence; punishment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for vengeance

  1. The Bishop of Burgos was the last man to accept such a defeat, and to his original stubborn and interested opposition was now added a desire for vengeance on his plain- spoken and successful opponent. – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  2. The wind from The Desert is coming with a vengeance – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
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