Avenge

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 avenge — avenge; avenge·ment; …

    English syllables

  • 6 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

  • 7 Avenge — A*venge , v. i. To take vengeance. Levit. xix. 18. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 Avenge — A*venge , n. Vengeance; revenge. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    Law dictionary

  • 10 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 avenge — UK [əˈvendʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms avenge : present tense I/you/we/they avenge he/she/it avenges present participle avenging past tense avenged past participle avenged 1) formal to react to something wrong that has been done to you,… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 avenge — avengeful, adj. avenger, n. avengingly, adv. /euh venj /, v.t., avenged, avenging. 1. to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a grave insult. 2. to take vengeance on behalf of: He avenged his brother. [1325 75; ME avengen < OF… …

    Universalium

  • 14 avenge — a|venge [ ə vendʒ ] verb transitive 1. ) FORMAL to react to something wrong that has been done to you, your family, or your friends by punishing the person who did it: He vowed to avenge his father s death. avenge yourself on someone: They began… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 avenge — [c]/əˈvɛndʒ / (say uh venj) verb (avenged, avenging) –verb (t) 1. to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a death. 2. to take vengeance on behalf of: avenge your brother. –verb (i) 3. to take vengeance. {Middle English avenge(n),… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 avenge — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 avenge — a|venge [əˈvendʒ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: venge to avenge (13 20 centuries), from Old French venger; VENGEANCE] literary to do something to hurt or punish someone because they have harmed or offended you ▪ He wanted to avenge his brother… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 avenge — v. (D; refl.) to avenge on, upon (to avenge oneself on an enemy) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 avenge — [[t]əve̱nʤ[/t]] avenges, avenging, avenged VERB If you avenge a wrong or harmful act, you hurt or punish the person who is responsible for it. [V n] He has devoted the past five years to avenging his daughter s death... [V pron refl] She had… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 avenge — See avenge, revenge …

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