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as in: vengeance is mine Define
the act of taking revenge (Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
  • Each was a cause alone; and all combin’d To kindle vengeance in her haughty mind.
  • I threaten’d, if indulgent Heav’n once more Would land me safely on my native shore, His death with double vengeance to restore.

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  • For Ilium burnt, she dreads the Trojan sword; More dreads the vengeance of her injur’d lord; Ev’n by those gods who refug’d her abhorr’d.
  • I bid my friends for vengeance then prepare, And with the hellish nation wage the war.
  • The stroke succeeds; and down the pupil bends: This vengeance follow’d for our slaughter’d friends.
  • My Tyrians, at their injur’d queen’s command, Had toss’d their fires amid the Trojan band; At once extinguish’d all the faithless name; And I myself, in vengeance of my shame, Had fall’n upon the pile, to mend the fun’ral flame.
  • Here cease, ye pow’rs, and let your vengeance end: Troy is no more, and can no more offend.
  • ’T is true, a soldier can small honor gain, And boast no conquest, from a woman slain: Yet shall the fact not pass without applause, Of vengeance taken in so just a cause; The punish’d crime shall set my soul at ease, And murm’ring manes of my friends appease.’
  • Thus plung’d in ills, and meditating moreThe people’s patience, tir’d, no longer bore The raging monster; but with arms beset His house, and vengeance and destruction threat.
  • Despair, and rage, and vengeance justly vow’d, Drove Nisus headlong on the hostile crowd.

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  • Go, friends, this message to your lord relate: Tell him, that, if I bear my bitter fate, And, after Pallas’ death, live ling’ring on, ’T is to behold his vengeance for my son.
  • Meantime the hero cuts the nightly tide: For, anxious, from Evander when he went, He sought the Tyrrhene camp, and Tarchon’s tent; Expos’d the cause of coming to the chief; His name and country told, and ask’d relief; Propos’d the terms; his own small strength declar’d; What vengeance proud Mezentius had prepar’d: What Turnus, bold and violent, design’d; Then shew’d the slipp’ry state of humankind, And fickle fortune; warn’d him to beware, And to his wholesome counsel added pray’r.
  • This comfort of thy dire misfortune take: The wrath of Heav’n, inflicted for thy sake, With vengeance shall pursue th’ inhuman coast, Till they propitiate thy offended ghost, And raise a tomb, with vows and solemn pray’r; And Palinurus’ name the place shall bear."
  • Now, since the Latian and the Trojan brood Have tasted vengeance and the sweets of blood; Speak, and my pow’r shall add this office more: The neighb’ing nations of th’ Ausonian shore Shall hear the dreadful rumor, from afar, Of arm’d invasion, and embrace the war."
  • Too well I know th’ insulting people’s hate; Protect me from their vengeance after fate: This refuge for my poor remains provide, And lay my much-lov’d Lausus by my side."
  • Mad Pandarus steps forth, with vengeance vow’d For Bitias’ death, and threatens thus aloud: "These are not Ardea’s walls, nor this the town Amata proffers with Lavinia’s crown: ’T is hostile earth you tread.
  • Now all things to their utmost issue tend, Push’d by the Fates to their appointed While leave was giv’n thee, and a lawful hour For vengeance, wrath, and unresisted pow’r, Toss’d on the seas, thou couldst thy foes distress, And, driv’n ashore, with hostile arms oppress; Deform the royal house; and, from the side Of the just bridegroom, tear the plighted bride: Now cease at my command."

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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.

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as in: vengeance is mine Define
the act of taking revenge (Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
as in: with a vengeance Define
with intensity
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