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avenge (verb) take revenge; punish or hurt someone in a tit for tat manner for the wrong done to you, your friend, or your family.

A desire for revenge is natural among human beings. Hitting back at another person to get even with them for the hurt they have caused to you or to someone close to you is avenging the hurt. To take revenge for something or on someone's behalf is to avenge. Most often avenging is viewed as a matter of prestige and honor. There have been examples of wars having been fought to uphold a nation's honor and prestige. That is, nations which have felt that they have been some way insulted or dishonored, waged wars to avenge the blow to their prestige or honor. 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' is the motive prompting persons to avenge. We very rarely find the Christian preaching of a person offering the left cheek when their right cheek is slapped, being practiced.

  • In his desire to avenge the death of his sister Ophelia, Laertis, in the play 'Hamlet', fights a duel with Hamlet and dies in the process, after wounding Hamlet fatally.
  • Jean decided she would not rest until she avenged her desertion by her former lover Philip, and set about it by first getting him sacked from his job, by using her influence with his boss.
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