[ noun ] the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life


payback retribution


"For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield

Used in print

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

Concerning the sentence , Foss wrote , `` If it be possible that mercy shall override vengeance and that John_Brown 's sentence shall be commuted to imprisonment , it would be well - well for the country and for Virginia '' .

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

The foregoing , aided by several clues I 'll withhold to keep you on_your_toes , will pursue you with a tenacity worthy of Inspector_Javert , but before they close_in , gird yourselves , I repeat , for a vengeance infinitely more pitiless .

Related terms

retaliation pay_back