If you avenge your father's death by killing his murderer (thereby taking revenge for the crime), there is a good chance you'll end up in jail, if you're caught.

Many movie plots center on a character who seeks to avenge an injury of some kind. Whether it be Simba in "The Lion King," who wants to avenge his father's death, or Erin Brockovich, who seeks to avenge the suffering caused by a crooked and polluting California power company. One trick to remembering the word is that it's similar to the word revenge, which is the thing you're going for when you're seeking to avenge a bad deed. Watch for the venge in both words, and you'll know you're in the right department.

Definitions of avenge

v take revenge for a perceived wrong

“He wants to avenge the murder of his brother”
retaliate, revenge
get back, get even
take revenge or even out a score
fix, get, pay back, pay off
take vengeance on or get even
Type of:
penalise, penalize, punish
impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

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