Revenge

Definition of Revenge

Re`venge´
v. t.1.To inflict harm in return for, as an injury, insult, etc.; to exact satisfaction for, under a sense of injury; to avenge; - followed either by the wrong received, or by the person or thing wronged, as the object, or by the reciprocal pronoun as direct object, and a preposition before the wrong done or the wrongdoer.
[imp. & p. p. Revenged p. pr. & vb. n. Revenging ( ).]
To revenge the death of our fathers.
- Ld. Berners.
The gods are just, and will revenge our cause.
- Dryden.
Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come,
Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius.
- Shak.
2.To inflict injury for, in a spiteful, wrong, or malignant spirit; to wreak vengeance for maliciously.
v. i.1.To take vengeance; - with
n.1.The act of revenging; vengeance; retaliation; a returning of evil for evil.
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is even with his enemy; but in passing it over he is superior.
- Bacon.
2.The disposition to revenge; a malignant wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury.
Revenge now goes
To lay a complot to betray thy foes.
- Shak.
The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel.
- Kames.

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