avenge vs revenge :

avenge or revenge

When you try to get vengeance for people who’ve been wronged, you want to avenge them. You can also avenge a wrong itself: “He avenged the murder by taking vengeance on the killer.” Substituting “revenge” for “avenge” in such contexts is very common, but frowned on by some people. They feel that if you seek revenge in the pursuit of justice you want to avenge wrongs: not revenge them.

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  • v  take revenge for a perceived wrong
    He wants to avenge the murder of his brother

  • n  action taken in return for an injury or offense
  • v  take revenge for a perceived wrong
News & Articles

  • Twins hoping Diamond is sharp against Tigers
    Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello will have the opportunity to avenge a previous poor outing against the Twins when he opposes Scott Diamond on Friday night in the series opener at Target Field.
    June 14, 2013 - Minnesota Twins
  • Fruita exacts revenge on Rifle at Central tourney
    Fruita didn’t have to wait long to avenge Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Rifle in the championship game of the Rifle Austin Booth Memorial Wood Bat Tournament.
    June 14, 2013 - The Daily Sentinel
  • Teutopolis responds in game 2 vs. Effingham
    Teutopolis Post 924 looked to avenge a Game 1 loss in Monday's doubleheader against Effingham Post 120, and called on Darren Probst (Teutopolis) to get it done. Probst, who missed the first game of the twinbill, pitched 3.2 innings with five strikeou
    June 13, 2013 - Effingham Daily News

  • 0616 book review filler revenge wears prada
    Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns(Simon & Schuster), by Lauren Weisberger
    June 16, 2013 - Provo Daily Herald
  • Revenge for fish guts prank motive in hijacking hoax
    A Hawaii man is pleading guilty to making a hoax call to the FBI when he falsely reported a possible hijacker was aboard an Alaska Airlines flight to get revenge on a man he said put fish guts in his truck.  Prosecutors said Timothy David Hershman of Kona admitted calling the FBI on Jan. 17 and saying another man was going to hijack a plane headed to Alaska.  Authorities determined the other man ...
    June 14, 2013 - KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma
  • The devil in the details of 'Revenge Wears Prada'
    Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns(Simon & Schuster), by Lauren Weisberger
    June 13, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News