Definition for RE-VENGE

RE-VENGE, n. [revenj'; Fr. revenche; Arm. revanch.]

  1. Return of an injury; the deliberate infliction of pain or injury on a person in return for an injury received from him. – Milton. Dryden.
  2. According to modern usage, a malicious or spiteful infliction of pain or injury, contrary to the laws of justice and Christianity, in return for an injury or offense. Revenge is dictated by passion; vengeance by justice.
  3. The passion which is excited by an injury done or an affront given; the desire of inflicting pain on one who has done an injury; as, to glut revenge. Revenge, as the word is now understood, is always contrary to the precepts of Christ. The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel. – Kames.

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