Definition of vengeance in English:

vengeance

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛn(d)ʒ(ə)ns
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong: voters are ready to wreak vengeance on all politicians
More 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, avengement, retribution, retributive justice, retaliation, requital, reprisal; counterstroke, comeback, nemesis, satisfaction, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth), tit for tat, measure for measure, blow for blow; Latinquid pro quo, lex talionis
informal comeuppance, a taste of one's own medicine

Origin

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

Phrases

with a vengeance

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 might and main, with all the stops out, for all one is worth, to the utmost, to the greatest extreme, to the full, to the limit, all out, flat out, at full tilt; powerfully, strongly, forcefully, violently, vehemently, furiously, wildly, madly
British informal like billy-o

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