the act of taking revenge
(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
Let death disarm thy vengeance.
Vengeance of the gods Is swift to overtake the impenitent.
But for the miscreant exile who returned Minded in flames and ashes to blot out His father’s city and his father’s gods, And glut his vengeance with his kinsmen’s blood, Or drag them captive at his chariot wheels— For Polyneices ’tis ordained that none Shall give him burial or make mourn for him, But leave his corpse unburied, to be meat For dogs and carrion crows, a ghastly sight.
2) By the Iron Rocks that guard the double main, On Bosporus’ lone strand, Where stretcheth Salmydessus’ plain In the wild Thracian land, There on his borders Ares witnessed The vengeance by a jealous step-dame ta’en The gore that trickled from a spindle red, The sightless orbits of her step-sons twain.
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