revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)
take revenge for a perceived wrong
"He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
retaliate, strike back(verb)
make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil
"The Empire strikes back"; "The Giants struck back and won the opener"; "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
Avenge on or upon (rarely, avenge oneself of) a wrong-doer.
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How to use retaliate in a sentence?
If Russia believes that they can respond and retaliate against Turkey because NATO's not going to do anything about it, what they are basically doing is they are making the argument that NATO is no longer viable, that it is a feckless alliance, so it's important for us to be clear that we will respond and defend Turkey if they come under assault from the Russians.
We knew that these exorbitant fines were illegal and nothing more than a tool to scare our clients and retaliate against them for fighting back and standing up to this administration.
It is not possible that this decision, or my recommendation, rather, to the President, rather, was based on any effort to retaliate for any investigation that was going on, or is currently going on, because I simply don't know. I'm not briefed on it. I usually see these investigations in final draft form 24 hours, 48 hours, before the IG is prepared to release them.
Any suggestion that Mr. Tartaglione assaulted anyone is a complete fabrication, this story is being leaked to retaliate against Mr. Tartaglione for complaining to the court about the deplorable conditions at the MCC.
Trade war is not a risk but a reality, u.S. tariffs are going up against China but also against some of its traditional allies, such as Canada and the European Union. They are all about to retaliate and today we do not see an easy way out.
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- sich rächen, Vergeltung übenGerman
- tomar represaliasSpanish
- kostaa, vastata samalla mitallaFinnish
- megtorol, megbosszul, elégtételt vesz, bosszút állHungarian
- svara í sömu mynt, gjalda líku líkt, hefna sínIcelandic
- rautipu, rautupuMāori
- zemścić sięPolish
- мстить, отомститьRussian
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