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

Like The avengers, the Man of Steel sequel has a lot going on.
The Super-Stuffed Superhero Movie Chancellor Agard December 10, 2013

I spent a year with Branagh on Ivanov and Wallander and Thor, and then Joss wrote me a fantastic part in avengers.
Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’ Marlow Stern September 6, 2013

The avengers: Decorate your office with a two-foot tall Incredible Hulk retailing for $650, from Sideshow Collectibles.
Hunger Games $999 Mockingjay Pin: The Dark Knight Rises and Other Expensive Movie Merchandise Ramin Setoodeh August 6, 2012

Crystal is a onetime member of the avengers, and in various storylines is also married to Quicksilver.
Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New Superheroes Marlow Stern October 29, 2014

Is the long-awaited superhero ensemble The avengers a perfect start to the summer movie season or a disappointing one?
Dark Knight Rises, Justin Bieber, Steve Jobs, and More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video May 4, 2012

Historical Examples

On it are strung covenants; from it dangle the names of covenant-breakers, and close to these latter hang the names of avengers.
Belford’s Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888 Various

Within a hand’s cast of the avengers of blood humped the black boulder.
Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant

Suppose that B, H, and O walk past the place of ambush of the avengers.
Ifugao Law R. F. Burton

Are our visitors then messengers of morality, avengers of righteousness, agents of Providence?
Victory Joseph Conrad

Judgment slumbered no longer,—though wise men after the flesh were not chosen as its messengers and avengers.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865 Various

(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

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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