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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  vengeance 
  n  :  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:  {retribution}] 




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