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?
These allegations are an example of precisely what's wrong with Washington -- a junior-level disgruntled former detailee, with whom Ambassador O'Brien had almost no interaction, can launch baseless attacks for partisan purposes, yevgeny Vindman is no longer at National Security Council after Yevgeny Vindman detail was ended following poor performance, as revealed in the House Democrats' letter. Yevgeny Vindman now attempts to retaliate against Yevgeny Vindman former supervisors for providing an accurate assessment of Yevgeny Vindman performance.
The bottom line is it must be repealed or we will retaliate.
The Chinese have to do the tit-for-tat, they have to retaliate.
I have a feeling in my heart that we should go after the Muslims, that we should retaliate.
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.
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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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