- 1Inflict harm in return for (an injury or wrong done to oneself or another): his determination to avenge the murder of his brother they are eager to avenge last year’s Super Bowl defeatMore example sentences
- In the hall Godwin had told Gyric that on the morrow he would pledge to avenge the harm done to his brother.
- Indeed, the Camorra spawned one of Italy's most notorious female criminals, Pupetta Maresca, who became famous in 1955 after she personally avenged the murder of her husband.
- He is a man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on his home and, in pursuit of revenge, he will stop at nothing.
- 1.1Inflict harm on behalf of (oneself or someone else previously wronged or harmed): we must avenge our dead she avenged herself after he broke off their engagement the warrior swore he would be avenged on their princeMore example sentences
- The biblical hero who avenged himself in a suicide mission is the wrong role model for the oppressed.
- He resigned his Treasury post in 1919 to protest the looming catastrophe of the Versailles treaty in which the victors avenged themselves against the defeated Germany with crippling war reparations.
- Samson avenged himself by taking a full house of enemies with him.
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- Unfortunately, the situation is not changing for the better and not even the ‘masked avengers of neo-liberal capitalism’ are going to right the wrongs of the world.
- The violence continued sporadically for months; and months after it had died down, anonymous avengers riposted with a cycle of bomb blasts, a horrific postscript to the slaughter.
- For years I had recurring nightmares of giant, bucktoothed avengers chasing me over endless fields pitted with gopher holes the size of bomb craters.
late Middle English: from Old French avengier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to') + vengier, from Latin vindicare 'vindicate'.