vengeance: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ven'juns), [key]
— n.
  1. infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge: But have you the right to vengeance?
  2. an act or opportunity of inflicting such trouble: to take one's vengeance.
  3. the desire for revenge: a man full of vengeance.
  4. hurt; injury.
  5. curse; imprecation.
  6. He attacked the job with a vengeance.
    1. with force or violence.
    2. greatly; extremely.
    3. to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree:He attacked the job with a vengeance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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