Definition of avenge in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈvɛn(d)ʒ


[with object]
1Inflict harm in return for (an injury or wrong done to oneself or another): he vowed in silent fervour to avenge their murders
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  • 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.
take revenge for, take vengeance for, exact retribution for, requite;
pay someone back for, get even with someone for
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 interlopers
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  • 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.


late Middle English: from Old French avengier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to') + vengier, from Latin vindicare 'vindicate'.



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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.

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