verb (used with object), re·venged, re·veng·ing.
- to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit: He revenged his murdered brother.
- to take vengeance for; inflict punishment for; avenge: He revenged his brother’s murder.
verb (used without object), re·venged, re·veng·ing.
- to take revenge.
- the act of revenging; retaliation for injuries or wrongs; vengeance.
- something done in vengeance.
- the desire to revenge; vindictiveness.
- an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction.
- the act of retaliating for wrongs or injury received; vengeance
- something done as a means of vengeance
- the desire to take vengeance or retaliate
- a return match, regarded as a loser’s opportunity to even the score
- to inflict equivalent injury or damage for (injury received); retaliate in return for
- to take vengeance for (oneself or another); avenge
late 14c., from Old French revengier, variant of revenchier “take revenge, avenge” (13c., Modern French revancher), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + vengier “take revenge,” from Latin vindicare “to lay claim to, avenge, punish” (see vindicate).
To avenge is “to get revenge” or “to take vengeance”; it suggests the administration of just punishment for a criminal or immoral act. Revenge seems to stress the idea of retaliation a bit more strongly and implies real hatred as its motivation. [“The Columbia Guide to Standard American English,” 1993]
1540s, from Middle French revenge, back-formation from revengier (see revenge (v.)).