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?
an act or opportunity of inflicting such trouble: to take one's vengeance.
the desire for revenge: a man full of vengeance.
Obsolete. hurt; injury.
Obsolete. curse; imprecation.
with a vengeance,
- with force or violence.
- greatly; extremely.
- to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree: He attacked the job with a vengeance.
1250-1300; ME < OF, equiv. to vengi(er)
to avenge (see venge ) + -ance -ance
requital, retaliation. See revenge.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.