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  • noun Plural form of avenge.


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  • The third film, Robert Hamer's Kind Hearts and Coronets, has as its hero a bitterly aggrieved Victorian outcast from an aristocratic family who avenges his mother's death by killing all the relatives between himself and a seat in the Lords.

    Whisky Galore – review 2011

  • The hermit, known as Gar Face, avenges his abused childhood by shooting animals, getting drunk, and plotting to kill a giant alligator in a nearby bayou.

    2009 February 13 « One-Minute Book Reviews 2009

  • Mr. Hogancamp relives the trauma of his beating in Mr. Malmberg's film, introducing a heroic double — Sgt. Mark Hogancamp — who avenges himself on the Nazis that tortured him after he's rescued by a glamorous companion, Dejah.

    Illustrator's War Games Prove Restorative 2010

  • Leila's lover, the Giaour, avenges her murder by killing Hassan.

    Byron and Romantic Occidentalism 2008

  • Led on by some rudimentary aspirations towards right, and encouraged by the judicious stimulation of an occasional ten-pound note sent to him by devious methods, he has once or twice given me advance information which has been of value -- that highest value which anticipates and prevents rather than avenges crime.

    Chennai 2010

  • She avenges a brutal rape herself in a way that is giving summer movie audiences the visceral experience of seeing a new kind of justice played out before them by a young woman.

    Marie Wilson: A New Kind of Toughness? 2010

  • You see, I was enthralled by this movie, which rewrites WWII history to include both a group of Nazi-scalping American soldiers (called the Basterds) and a Jewish cinema owner who avenges her family's murder by burning her movie house while every important SS officer (including Hitler) is trapped inside.

    Mark Blankenship: Another Way to See "Inglourious Basterds" 2009

  • Well then Homer's the ILIAD must be a vigilante poem, since Achilles avenges Patrocles...

    Mel Gibson to Tell Audiences HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION – 2009

  • He is not the thug who robs a liquor store and avenges his powerlessness by shooting the clerk, or the creep who takes advantage of his girlfriend's kids when she's at work.

    Why Bernard Madoff Should Face The Death Penalty 2009

  • But there is retribution in that, a something that avenges itself.

    The Lady from the Sea 2008


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