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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. Harm; mischief. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; - often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Revenge, usually just; righteous repayment of an injury or offense; retribution. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. 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.
  6. Infliction of punishment for an injury or offence; retribution. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The infliction of punishment; retribution, revenge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The infliction of pain on another in return for injury or offence. With a vengeance, with great violence or vehemence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. 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.
  10. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge. mso.anu.edu.au
  11. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge. dictgcide_fs
  12. Punishment inflicted, retribution exacted, for wrong to oneself or to person &c. whose cause one espouses, as will exact ample v., took a bloody v. on the murderer or for the murder of his children, you lay yourself open to his v.; with a v., in a higher degree than was expected or desired, in the fullest sense of the word (s), & no mistake, as this is punctuality with a v. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. [Latin] Sexual love; sexual intercourse. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. n. [French] The infliction of pain or loss on another in return for an injury or offence; due retribution; just recompense; penal retribution; divine punishment of wrong-doing; — also, divine right to vindicate law, and punish evil and injustice; —often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained vengeful. Cabinet Dictionary

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