vengeance

If someone hurts you, you might be inspired to plan an act of vengeance: some type of payback in order to settle the score. Be careful, though, because you might inspire someone to take vengeance on you in return.

Vengeance is a downward spiral of pain and betrayal, one person hurting another, who hurts another, and so on. You might demand vengeance if your brother throws your favorite jeans into a tree, and your brother might feel the same way after you spit gum in his hair. The phrase “with a vengeance” means to do something with a lot of intensity. Vengeance shares roots with the word revenge, and someone who wants revenge usually pursues it with a vengeance.

Definitions of vengeance
  1. noun
    the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
    Vengeance is mine”
    “"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”
    synonyms: payback, retribution
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    type of:
    retaliation, revenge
    action taken in return for an injury or offense
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