the act of taking revenge
(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
After a very hasty breakfast, and the prosecution of some inquiries in the village, the result of which seemed to show that he was on the right track, Squeers started forth in the pony-chaise, intent upon discovery and vengeance.
"Wa’at’s the matter?" says I. "He’s gane," says he,—stark mad wi’ vengeance.
This tale was originally fabricated as a means of annoyance against one who hurt your trade and half cudgelled you to death, and to enable you to obtain repossession of a half-dead drudge, whom you wished to regain, because, while you wreaked your vengeance on him for his share in the business, you knew that the knowledge that he was again in your power would be the best punishment you could inflict upon your enemy.
There are no more uses of "vengeance" identified with this meaning in the book.
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