Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Infliction of punishment in return for a wrong committed; retribution.
  • idiom with a vengeance With great violence or force.
  • idiom with a vengeance To an extreme degree: December has turned cold with a vengeance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Revenge taken for an insult, injury, or other wrong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge.
  • n. Harm; mischief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense.
  • n. Harm, mischief, or evil generally: formerly often used as an imprecation, especially in the phrase what a (the) vengeance!
  • n. Synonyms 1. Retribution, Retaliation, etc. See revenge.
  • Extremely; very.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from vengier, to avenge, from Latin vindicāre; see vindicate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French venger ("avenge") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • WITCH
    You stay out of this! I'm here for
    vengeance! So it was you, was it? You killed
    her,....

    June 11, 2010