transitive verb (avenged; avenging) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French avenger, from a- (from Latin ad-) + venger to avenge — more at vengeance Date: 14th century 1. to take vengeance for or on behalf of <
swore to avenge his father
2. to exact satisfaction for (a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer <
avenged their leader's death
avenger noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Avenge — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avenge — avenge, revenge mean to inflict punishment on a person who has wronged oneself or another. Once close synonyms, these verbs are now increasingly divergent in implications. One may avenge or revenge (oneself or another who is wronged), but avenge… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • avenge — avenge, revenge The principal differences to bear in mind are (1) that you avenge a person (including yourself) or an act but revenge only an act or yourself (usually on someone), and (2) that avenge is only a verb but revenge is a noun as well… …   Modern English usage

  • avenge — (v.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. avenger, O.Fr. avengier, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + vengier take revenge (Mod.Fr. venger), from L. vindicare to claim, avenge, punish (see VINDICATE (Cf. vindicate)). Related: Avenge …   Etymology dictionary

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  • avenge — [ə venj′] vt., vi. avenged, avenging [ME avengen < OFr avengier < a (L ad), to + vengier < L vindicare, to claim: see VINDICATE] 1. to get revenge for (an injury, wrong, etc.) 2. to take vengeance on behalf of, as for a wrong avenger n.… …   English World dictionary

  • Avenge — A*venge , v. i. To take vengeance. Levit. xix. 18. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Avenge — A*venge , n. Vengeance; revenge. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avenge — index penalize, repay, retaliate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • avenge — [v] retaliate chasten, chastise, come back at, even the score, get back at, get even, payback, punish, redress, repay, requite, retribute, revenge, stick it to, take satisfaction, take vengeance, venge, vindicate; concepts 122,126 …   New thesaurus

  • avenge — ► VERB ▪ inflict harm in return for (a wrong). DERIVATIVES avenger noun. ORIGIN Old French avengier, from Latin vindicare vindicate …   English terms dictionary

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