- 1Inflict harm in return for (an injury or wrong done to oneself or another): he vowed in silent fervour to avenge their murdersMore example sentences
take revenge for, take vengeance for, exact retribution for, requite; pay someone back for, get even with someone for
- 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 in return for an injury or wrong on behalf of (oneself or another): we must avenge our dead they avenged themselves on the interlopersMore 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'.