Share this entry
vengeance Line breaks: ven|geance
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛn(d)ʒ(ə)ns/

Definition of vengeance in English:


[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.
counterstroke, comeback, nemesis, satisfaction, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth), tit for tat, measure for measure, blow for blow;
Latin quid pro quo, lex talionis
informal comeuppance, a taste of one's own medicine
rare ultion, a Roland for an Oliver


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.
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


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

Words that rhyme with vengeance

shenanigans • Huygens
Definition of vengeance in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources