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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

    strike back, revenge, retaliate


  1. avenge(verb)

    To take vengeance (for); to exact satisfaction for by punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting pain or evil on a wrongdoer.

    spite, take revenge, get back at, retaliate

  2. avenge(verb)

    To treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on.

    take revenge, retaliate, spite, get back at

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. avenge

    Avenge and revenge, once close synonyms, are now far apart in meaning. To avenge is to visit some offense with punishment, in order to vindicate the righteous, or to uphold and illustrate the right by the suffering or destruction of the wicked. "And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian," Acts vii, 24. To revenge is to inflict harm or suffering upon another through personal anger and resentment at something done to ourselves. Avenge is unselfish; revenge is selfish. Revenge, according to present usage, could not be said of God. To retaliate may be necessary for self-defense, without the idea of revenge. Compare REVENGE.

    punish, retaliate, revenge, vindicate, visit

    Avenge on or upon (rarely, avenge oneself of) a wrong-doer.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. avenge

    vindicate, right, visit, retaliate

    waive, don, forego, condone, remit, forgive, overlook

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. avenge(v. a.)

    take satisfaction for, award just punishment for

  2. avenge(v. a.)

    revenge, vindicate (by punishment of an offender), inflict punishment in behalf of

  3. avenge(v. a.)

    [So used by the translators of the Bible.] take revenge upon, treat revengefully

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  1. Marie Antoinette:

    Let my son never forget the last words of his father, which I repeat emphatically; let him never seek to avenge our deaths.

  2. Bruce Harrington:

    What's driving me is a sense of wanting to avenge the death of my brother and his wife.

  3. Edmund Burke:

    I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.

  4. Meedya Raqqa:

    I lost my best friend eight months ago. She killed herself to save her friends and the injured around her, these are the difficult moments that we live, but I told you we gain strength from these martyrs. They are difficult moments that make you do more to avenge their death to make her dreams come true. The road she began, you finish.

  5. Karl Kraus:

    Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.

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