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Meaning of AVENGE

Pronunciation:  u'venj

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  take revenge for a perceived wrong; "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

AVENGE is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: retaliate, revenge
 See Also: get back, get even, penalise, penalize, punish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*venge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avenged} (?); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Avenging} (?).] [OF. avengier; L. ad + vindicare to
    lay claim to, to avenge, revenge. See {Vengeance}.]
    1. To take vengeance for; to exact satisfaction for by
       punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting
       pain or evil on a wrongdoer.
             He will avenge the blood of his servants. --Deut.
                                                   xxxii. 43.
             Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones
             Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold.
             He had avenged himself on them by havoc such as
             England had never before seen.        --Macaulay.
    2. To treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on. [Obs.]
             Thy judgment in avenging thine enemies. --Bp. Hall.
    Syn: To {Avenge}, {Revenge}.
    Usage: To avenge is to inflict punishment upon evil doers in
           behalf of ourselves, or others for whom we act; as, to
           avenge one's wrongs; to avenge the injuries of the
           suffering and innocent. It is to inflict pain for the
           sake of vindication, or retributive justice. To
           revenge is to inflict pain or injury for the
           indulgence of resentful and malicious feelings. The
           former may at times be a duty; the latter is one of
           the worst exhibitions of human character.
                 I avenge myself upon another, or I avenge
                 another, or I avenge a wrong. I revenge only
                 myself, and that upon another.    --C. J. Smith.
  2. \A*venge"\, v. i.
    To take vengeance.                             --Levit. xix.
  3. \A*venge"\, n.
    Vengeance; revenge. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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