the act of taking revenge
(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
Three nails driven into the head commemorated as many crises in Maggie’s nine years of earthly struggle; that luxury of vengeance having been suggested to her by the picture of Jael destroying Sisera in the old Bible.
But there were good reasons for purchasing Dorlcote Mill, quite apart from any benevolent vengeance on the miller.
The sight of the long-hated predominant man down, and in his power, threw him into a frenzy of triumphant vengeance, which seemed to give him preternatural agility and strength.
Prosperous men take a little vengeance now and then, as they take a diversion, when it comes easily in their way, and is no hindrance to business; and such small unimpassioned revenges have an enormous effect in life, running through all degrees of pleasant infliction, blocking the fit men out of places, and blackening characters in unpremeditated talk.
There are no more uses of "vengeance" identified with this meaning in the book.
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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.