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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
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  • 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;
Latinquid pro quo, lex talionis
informalcomeuppance, a taste of one's own medicine


with a vengeance

Used to emphasize the degree to which something occurs or is true: her headache was back with a vengeance
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  • 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 informallike billy-o


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

Words that rhyme with vengeance

shenanigans • Huygens

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