- 1The action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands: other spurned wives have taken public revenge on their husbandsMore example sentences
- So, in revenge for the killing of four American mercenaries, a city was seized, bombed, and a massacre of hundreds of civilians took place.
- They told the judge that they killed Qmeil in revenge for the killings of six members of their clan a decade ago.
- Detectives will investigate whether the killing was in revenge for an assault allegedly carried out by Mr Curran on a young teenage girl on the northside.
- 1.1The desire to inflict retribution: it was difficult not to be overwhelmed with feelings of hate and revengeMore example sentences
- Try and think of a commercial of any sort that isn't based on greed, envy, fear, hatred, revenge, thrusting ambition, or sheer lust.
- Whether through an act of revenge or a genuine desire to check on the inner workings of the organisation, he has requested to see the financial records of the PGA Tour.
- No matter how hard you try to avoid collusion with the beast, eventually, you come to realize there's no way out of the cycle of revenge and desire.
- 1.2(In sports) the defeat of a person or team by whom one was beaten in a previous encounter: the Yankees wanted to get their revenge for losing to the Dodgers in the 1955 SeriesMore example sentences
- Bucks were outplayed by Silver Stars who took revenge for a previous defeat.
- For Eriksson there is some hope of sporting revenge over the man whose Brazil side won the 2002 World Cup quarter-final meeting.
- This should be a cracking encounter with Enniscrone seeking revenge for last year's defeat by Calry in the quarter final of the competition.
verb[with object] chiefly • literary Back to top
- 1Inflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong done to (someone else): it’s a pity he chose that way to revenge his sisterMore example sentences
- You lived to revenge your father against Seth, who betrayed and slew him.
- And when I do eventually get the chance to revenge Jenny, I'm not going to hide behind a gun.
- Stand in as pretend boyfriend when necessary - that includes revenging me to large scary looking men on dark nights.
- 1.1Inflict hurt or harm on someone for (an injury or wrong done to oneself or another): her brother was slain, and she revenged his deathMore example sentences
avenge, take/exact revenge for, exact retribution for, take reprisals for, get redress for, get satisfaction for
- He is the wildly popular or beloved hero who revenges wrongs against the nation.
- As they are about to take their leave, Don Quijote offers thanks to the innkeeper and offers to revenge any wrongs ever done to him.
- The leaders of the rival gang are looking over their shoulders for the Westies, who have yet to revenge the murder of Bernard Sugg, brother of Stephen, last August.
- 1.2 (revenge oneself or be revenged) Inflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong done to oneself: I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of youMore example sentences
- But then, given their penchant for revenging themselves on their enemies by holding them down and nailing their knees to the floor, perhaps no-one wanted to give offence by bestowing on them the wrong sort of nickname.
- This is what traps them in their cage: None of them thinks about running away or revenging themselves upon the ‘normal’ members of society.
- Yes, it will follow, and may the wrongs which Irishmen have suffered be revenged both soon and sudden.
revenge is a dish best served (or eaten) cold
- • proverb Vengeance is often more satisfying if it is not exacted immediately.More example sentences
- If revenge is a dish best served cold, it was only appropriate that Arsenal's first goal came from Vieira.
- You know, He-Man, they say revenge is a dish best served cold, but I would much rather serve it hot.
- If C. Montgomery Burns is right and revenge is a dish best served cold, this may be one of Jenkins' most delicious years ever.
- ( • literary )More example sentences
- What Hieronimo and Bellimperia, the revengers, need is a way to get close to the murderers, while holding weapons.
- Berry's a mystically empowered revenger who brings down an evil cosmetics company that has a sinister secret behind its new anti-aging products.
- The original Pan is shown in a chilling Saki story as a murderous revenger against female bossiness and practicality.
late Middle English: from Old French revencher, from late Latin revindicare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + vindicare 'claim, avenge'.