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Revenge Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    revenge n : action taken in return for an injury or offense [syn: retaliation] v : take revenge for a perceived wrong; "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother" [syn: avenge, retaliate]
Revenge Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Revenge \Re*venge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Revenged, p. pr. & vb. n. Revenging.] [OF. revengier, F. revancher; pref. re- re- + OF. vengier to avenge, revenge, F. venger, L. vindicare. See Vindicate, Vengerance, and cf. Revindicate.]
  1. To inflict harm in return for, as an injury, insult, etc.; to exact satisfaction for, under a sense of injury; to avenge; -- followed either by the wrong received, or by the person or thing wronged, as the object, or by the reciprocal pronoun as direct object, and a preposition before the wrong done or the wrongdoer. To revenge the death of our fathers. --Ld. Berners. The gods are just, and will revenge our cause. --Dryden. Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come, Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius. --Shak.
  2. To inflict injury for, in a spiteful, wrong, or malignant spirit; to wreak vengeance for maliciously. Syn: To avenge; vindicate. See Avenge.
Revenge Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Revenge \Re*venge"\, v. i. To take vengeance; -- with upon. [Obs.] ``A bird that will revenge upon you all.'' --Shak.
Revenge Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Revenge \Re*venge"\, n.
  1. The act of revenging; vengeance; retaliation; a returning of evil for evil. Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is even with his enemy; but in passing it over he is superior. --Bacon.
  2. The disposition to revenge; a malignant wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury. Revenge now goes To lay a complot to betray thy foes. --Shak. The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel. --Kames.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Revenge'

Revenge (also known as vengeance or payback) is a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. Although many aspects of revenge resemble justice, revenge is usually depicted as more injurious and punitive as opposed to being harmonious and restorative. Whereas justice implies actions undertaken and supported by a legitimate judicial system grounded upon a foundation of ethics and morals of the majority, revenge implies actions undertaken by an individual or narrowly defined group outside the boundaries of judicial or ethical conduct whose goal is to force a wrongdoer to suffer the same or greater pain than that which was originally inflicted to a party.

Some societies believe that the punishment in revenge should be more than the original injury. Detractors argue that revenge is a simple logical fallacy, of the same design as "two wrongs make a right". Some assert that the Hebrew Bible's concept of reciprocal justice "an eye for an eye" (cf. Exodus 21:24) validates the concept of proportionate revenge, in which there would be a simple 'equality of suffering'; however Rabbinic law states this verse indicates a person should provide a monetary payment for the eye or tooth that was damaged, and does not require the assailant to receive physical damage, this view confounds the concepts of "justice" and "revenge," and disregards the fact that "eye for an eye" justice was a philosophical advance on the normative practice of the day, (cf "Blood feud, Vendetta", infra) and that Judaic scripture elsewhere prescribes “Do not seek revenge . . . love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Also, the Hebrew Bible illustrates the concept that '"vengeance is mine" says the Lord'.

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* There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. - Josh Billings

* No revenge is more honourable than the one not taken. - Danish proverb

* Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits, values, expectations, dreams. The dialectic between past and future will continue to form our lives. - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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