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vengeance

Syllabification: venge·ance
Pronunciation: /ˈvenjəns
 
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Definition of vengeance in English:

noun

Punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.
Example sentences
  • So in the end it sort of has a happy ending, in that you get to see Grace exact vengeance.
  • If they fail, the electorate in due course exacts its vengeance by throwing them out.
  • I have no qualms with the premise of a pimp exacting vengeance from beyond the grave.
Synonyms
revenge, retribution, retaliation, payback, requital, reprisal, satisfaction, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from venger, vengier 'avenge', from Latin vindicare 'vindicate'.

Phrases

with a vengeance

1
Used to emphasize the degree to which something occurs or is true: her headache was back with a vengeance
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • The Manchester United empire continues to strike back with a vengeance rather than crumbling away.
Synonyms
vigorously, strenuously, energetically, with a will, with all the stops out, for all one is worth, all out, flat out, at full tilt
informal hammer and tongs, like crazy, like mad, like gangbusters

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