1. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge.
To me belongeth vengeance and recompense. --Deut. xxxii. 35.
To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. --Milton.
2. Harm; mischief. [Obs.]
What a vengeance, or What the vengeance, what! -- emphatically. [Obs.] “But what a vengeance makes thee fly!” --Hudibras. “What the vengeance! Could he not speak 'em fair?” --Shak.
With a vengeance, (a) with great violence; as, to strike with a vengeance. [Colloq.] (b) with even greater intensity; as, to return one's insult with a vengeance.
n : the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation
for something harmful that they have done) especially in
the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith
the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do
nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere
revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man
who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"
[syn: retribution, payback]