the act of taking revenge
(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
I would not be a stander-by to hear My sovereign mistress clouded so, without My present vengeance taken: ’shrew my heart, You never spoke what did become you less Than this; which to reiterate were sin As deep as that, though true.
—the queen, the queen, The sweetest, dearest creature’s dead; and vengeance for’t Not dropp’d down yet.
Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy and vengeance bitter; but those that are germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman: which, though it be great pity, yet it is necessary.
] Fie, fie! no thought of him; The very thought of my revenges that way Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty, And in his parties, his alliance,—let him be, Until a time may serve: for present vengeance, Take it on her.
There are no more uses of "vengeance" identified with this meaning in the play.
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