the act of taking revenge
(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
’Your haughty religious people would have held their heads up to see me as I am to-night, and preached of flames and vengeance,’ cried the girl.
Oh! if when we oppress and grind our fellow-creatures, we bestowed but one thought on the dark evidences of human error, which, like dense and heavy clouds, are rising, slowly it is true, but not less surely, to Heaven, to pour their after-vengeance on our heads; if we heard but one instant, in imagination, the deep testimony of dead men’s voices, which no power can stifle, and no pride shut out; where would be the injury and injustice, the suffering, misery, cruelty, and wrong, thatů
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Most Americans wanted vengeance after the 9-11 attacks.
Her evolutionary benefit theory of vengeance is supported by studies showing that a person’s desire for revenge increases when others see their mistreatment.