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Vengeance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VENGEANCE, n. venj'ance. [L. vindico.]
The infliction of pain on another, in return for an injury or offense. Such infliction, when it proceeds from malice or more resentment, and is not necessary for the purposes of justice, is revenge, and a most heinous crime. When such infliction proceeds from a mere love of justice, and the necessity of punishing offenders for the support of the laws, it is vengeance, and is warrantable and just. In this case, vengeance is a just retribution, recompense or punishment. In this latter sense the word is used in Scripture, and frequently applied to the punishments inflicted by God on sinners.
To me belongeth vengeance and recompense. Deutoronomy 32.
The Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries. Nahum 1.
With a vengeance, in familiar language, signifies with great violence or vehemence; as, to strike one with a vengeance.
Formerly, what a vengeance, was a phrase used for what emphatical.
But what a vengeance makes thee fly?

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans
12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution" [syn: vengeance, retribution, payback]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from venger to avenge, from Latin vindicare to lay claim to, avenge more at vindicate Date: 14th century punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense ; retribution

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for wrong to oneself or to a person etc. whose cause one supports. Phrases and idioms: with a vengeance in a higher degree than was expected or desired; in the fullest sense (punctuality with a vengeance). Etymology: ME f. OF f. venger avenge f. L (as VINDICATE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vengeance Venge"ance, n. [F. vengeance, fr. venger to avenge, L. vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge, fr. vindex a claimant, defender, avenger, the first part of which is of uncertain origin, and the last part akin to dicere to say. See Diction, and cf. Avenge, Revenge, Vindicate.] 1. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge. To me belongeth vengeance and recompense. --Deut. xxxii. 35. To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. --Milton. 2. Harm; mischief. [Obs.] --Shak. What a vengeance, or What the vengeance, what! -- emphatically. [Obs.] ``But what a vengeance makes thee fly!'' --Hudibras. ``What the vengeance! Could he not speak 'em fair?'' --Shak. With a vengeance, with great violence; as, to strike with a vengeance. [Colloq.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Vengeance is the act of killing, injuring, or harming someone because they have harmed you. He swore vengeance on everyone involved in the murder... = revenge 2. If you say that something happens with a vengeance, you are emphasizing that it happens to a much greater extent than was expected. It began to rain again with a vengeance... PHRASE: PHR after v [emphasis]

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia



Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Avengement, retribution. 2. Revenge, retaliation.

Moby Thesaurus

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