Avenge



to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for:
to avenge a grave insult.
to take vengeance on behalf of:
He avenged his brother.
Contemporary Examples

At some point during the evening, she started acting strangely, claiming she was there to avenge the death of Michael Jackson.
The Malibu Murder Mystery Christine Pelisek November 4, 2010

Protestors chanted “with our blood and our souls, we will avenge you, oh martyr.”
A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads Creede Newton November 9, 2014

Within days of 9/11 he was talking about a “crusade” to avenge the blow, without realizing how freighted that word was.
Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab Clive Irving July 26, 2014

In 1973, he led the deadly raid on PLO guerillas in Beirut to avenge the Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes a year earlier.
Saying Goodbye To Lipkin-Shahak Mira Sucharov December 18, 2012

Marius is a Roman soldier whose father is killed and he goes to avenge the death.
A Study in Xbox One Violence: Dead Rising 3 Vs. Ryse: Son of Rome Alec Kubas-Meyer November 30, 2013

Historical Examples

He saw a savage grin on the man’s face as he raised his rifle again to finish the job and avenge his comrade.
On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles Thomas Charles Bridges

If his passion had lost victory he could do nothing less than avenge defeat.
The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith

If I cannot save her, I will avenge her in an exemplary manner.
The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard

Well, if none of you will help me and if none of you will avenge me, I’ll find those who will.
The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said Padraic Colum

Not long after this, disregarding the oath he had sworn, he was eager to avenge himself upon the Huns for the insult done him.
History of the Wars, Books I and II (of 8) Procopius

verb
(usually transitive) to inflict a punishment in retaliation for (harm, injury, etc) done to (a person or persons); take revenge for or on behalf of: to avenge a crime, to avenge a murdered friend
v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French avenger, Old French avengier, from a- “to” (see ad-) + vengier “take revenge” (Modern French venger), from Latin vindicare “to claim, avenge, punish” (see vindicate). Related: Avenged; avenging.

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