avenge [uh-venj] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), a·venged, a·veng·ing.
- to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a grave insult.
- to take vengeance on behalf of: He avenged his brother.
Origin of avenge 1325–75; Middle English avengen Old French avengier, equivalent to a- a-5 + vengier Latin vindicāre; see vindicate Related formsa·venge·ful, adjectivea·veng·er, nouna·veng·ing·ly, adverbun·a·venged, adjectiveun·a·veng·ing, adjectiveun·a·veng·ing·ly, adverbSynonyms for avenge vindicate. Synonym study Avenge, revenge both imply to inflict pain or harm in return for pain or harm inflicted on oneself or those persons or causes to which one feels loyalty. The two words were formerly interchangeable, but have been differentiated until they now convey widely diverse ideas. Avenge is now restricted to inflicting punishment as an act of retributive justice or as a vindication of propriety: to avenge a murder by bringing the criminal to trial. Revenge implies inflicting pain or harm to retaliate for real or fancied wrongs; a reflexive pronoun is often used with this verb: Iago wished to revenge himself upon Othello. Antonyms for avenge 1. forgive. Examples from the Web for unavenged Historical Examples of unavenged
They denounced the anger of God who would not leave Du Bourg unavenged.
Henry Martyn Baird
She spoke; and burying her face in the pillow, ‘Death it will be,’ she cries, ‘and unavenged; but death be it.
His fall is not unavenged on the Saracens and on the traitor.
To death they rush, but rude their shock—not unavenged they died.
Must he lie in his grave, unavenged, until the Day of Judgment?
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for unavenged avenge verb
- (usually tr) to inflict a punishment in retaliation for (harm, injury, etc) done to (a person or persons); take revenge for or on behalf ofto avenge a crime; to avenge a murdered friend
Derived Formsavenger, nounWord Origin for avenge C14: from Old French avengier, from vengier, from Latin vindicāre; see vengeance, vindicate usage The use of avenge with a reflexive pronoun was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable: she avenged herself on the man who killed her daughter Word Origin and History for unavenged avenge v.
late 14c., from Anglo-French avenger, Old French avengier, from a- “to” (see ad-) + vengier “take revenge” (Modern French venger), from Latin vindicare “to claim, avenge, punish” (see vindicate). Related: Avenged; avenging.