What the vengeance
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. [1913 Webster]

To me belongeth vengeance and recompense. --Deut. xxxii. 35. [1913 Webster]

To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Harm; mischief. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]


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