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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.)
  • 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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  • Long-held hatreds of neighbors could now be openly expressed, and vengeance taken,
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • We will have our vengeance on you, their voices crackled.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Meliboeus answers, that he should do vengeance on his enemies, who had done him wrong.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • All I can think is how does he —who told him—I’ll kill them — "The ghosts of our misdeeds seek vengeance," the Augur says.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Type twos are endlessly shoveling vengeance into a pit that will never be full.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I am in pursuit of vengeance, and I will have it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Till all around him desolation rings And all the demons in the outer dark Look on amazed and recognize That vengeance is the business of a man.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • Each day I vowed to wreak vengeance upon them, see them through some terrible circumstance I’d contrived, or else await the hand of fate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Damien White, son of Nemesis, lived up to his namesake by wreaking vengeance on an acoustic guitar.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Goodwife Gruff had hated her ever since that first day on the Dolphin, and she would never rest now till she had her vengeance.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • In the beginning, Inigo had all kinds of wild vengeance notions, but gradually, simplicity had seemed the better way.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The dangerous stairs danced dizzily in the wind, and the clumsy demons refused to follow; but they howled with rage and fury, swore bloody vengeance, and watched with many pairs of burning eyes as the three small shapes vanished slowly into the clouds.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Vengeance shall be mine.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • He hated me for it, and one of the ways he exacted vengeance was by appointing me to cases like Johnny Wayne Neal’s.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • That you’d strap on your gun and ride out to wreak vengeance on the man who killed your family?"
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • By April, the women speak only of the Russians and the things they will do, the vengeance they will seek.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And oh how I have my rage and desire for the lightning to come and strike a vengeance on him.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • Vengeance for comrades cut down by Yankee bullets became an obsession with some Confederates.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Shoba had presented herself as a runaway, someone who had gone against the rules of her community by marrying Mahesh, and was living in this remote place to hide from her family’s vengeance.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At first it was a lark and I honestly enjoyed the bitchery and vengeance I was able to wreak upon these manuscripts.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Instead I went for vengeance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "If that’s a sample of your mercy," he said, "I’d hate to see your vengeance."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He looks so torn, eager for vengeance, consumed by the thrill of battle, but also steadily fading back to the calm, thoughtful man he used to be.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • She saw Boyle, his face a mask of vengeance, pummeling his fists into Cabhan’s face.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It seemed to balance the need for vengeance with the least loss of life.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Himmelstoss follows him, thirsting for vengeance.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • There was not an animal on the farm that did not take vengeance on them after his own fashion.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Pity, not vengeance, sends my arrow flying into his skull.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • You always assumed it was a vengeance spell cast by an angry demon or warlock.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not: Then weep no more.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • There is no point in keeping vengeance or stubbornness.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • And every hour his soul grew blacker, every hour he dreamed new dreams of vengeance, of defiance, of raging, frenzied hate.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It was even told me that Fernand, especially, was terrible in his vengeance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I picture her lying on the ground with the spear still wedged in her stomach… Who else will I fail to save from the Capitol’s vengeance?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Each thought it was the way freedom smelled, or justice, or luxury, or vengeance.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • As he lay on his bamboo bed he thought about the treatment he had received in the white man’s court, and he swore vengeance.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Yet the thought of enacting vengeance on the strangers was fiercely comforting.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He carried her in; I followed, grumbling execrations and vengeance.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • There was only one act of vengeance in the camp.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • We will not be denied our vengeance—not this time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • He had, indeed, risked his life in the adventure at Pillaji, and, if he should be caught afterwards by the Indians, he would with difficulty escape their vengeance.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Horus would be urging him towards bloody vengeance.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Not out of vengeance or hatred.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Nay, believe me, that were a poor vengeance—he would love such a post better than aught else!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • So that now it is no longer hatred, but vengeance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • If you attempt treachery I will take such vengeance upon you as never was heard of in all worlds from the beginning.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
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as in: with a vengeance Define
with intensity
  • I thought I was getting over my cold and went to work, but it came back with a vengeance.
  • And then he leaped from the shoe box. At this point, things stopped proceeding at such a leisurely pace. The squirrel was airborne, and time swung back into action with a vengeance.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • My thirst claws at me with a vengeance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Griffin contra mundum …. with a vengeance.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Out from behind the settle popped the robbers, and set upon him with a vengeance.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • It came at me with a vengeance, night after night, like it was making up for lost time.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Evangeline and Ptolemus return with a vengeance, locking Cal into a chaotic dance of knives and shrapnel.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • I throw myself into training with a vengeance.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The pain had returned with a vengeance.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • I’m guarding what I have left with a vengeance.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry

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  • They were now only dozens of yards away, single file, charging in with a vengeance, moving surprisingly fast.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • She just rearranged food on her plate, looking at it sadly while Calpurnia served Jem, Dill and me with a vengeance.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Anthony Marston dies of asphyxiation or choking last night after dinner, and Mother Rogers oversleeps herself with a vengeance.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It was not so much due to the pain and suffering as itwas the tension of stress and humiliation that caused me to hate with a vengeance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It is the nineteenth century up-to-date with a vengeance.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Well, I seem to have come into an inheritance with a vengeance," said he when the long narrative was finished.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Jurgis was called upon to do the beating, and as it hurt his foot he did it with a vengeance; but it did not tend to add to the sweetness of his temper.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • To go for so long without prey and suddenly to have so many—his pent-up hunting instinct was lashing out with a vengeance.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The wind picked up with a vengeance.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Thinks I, Queequeg, this is using Rogers’s best cutlery with a vengeance.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But I still felt an eerie sensation that told me Mother was somewhere out there, coiled like a rattlesnake, waiting to reach out and strike with a vengeance.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Then Anne looked at him with a vengeance!
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He oppressed the weak with a vengeance.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I was his right eye, his oldest son, and he plucked me out with a vengeance.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Oh dear, we are growing up with a vengeance.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • And the obsession with my identity which I had developed in the factory hospital returned with a vengeance.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They would sleep with their husbands, and take their money, but always with a vengeance.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The twenty-five pounds I’d shed in Nepal came back with a vengeance.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This, a corner-of-the-mouth whisper from Adamo who hated Leon with a vengeance.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • "Drink and the devil had done for the rest," with a vengeance, although, to be sure, we were not quite in so bad a case as that other ship they sang about: With one man of her crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-five.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • On it, with a brush, Zaman has written four lines of poetry, his answer, Laila knows, to those who grumble that the promised aid money to Afghanistan isn’t coming, that the rebuilding is going too slowly, that there is corruption, that the Taliban are regrouping already and will come back with a vengeance, that the world will forget once again about Afghanistan.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • And with them gone, especially in northern Afghanistan, poppy planting had resumed with a vengeance.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • And they will come again and with a vengeance, no cravens, the sons of Granuaile, the champions of Kathleen ni Houlihan.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Little friend," said he, in quite a changed tone — while his face changed too, losing all its softness and gravity, and becoming harsh and sarcastic — "you have noticed my tender penchant for Miss Ingram: don’t you think if I married her she would regenerate me with a vengeance?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Here is stickiness with a vengeance: not only do some smokers find it hard to quit because they are addicted to nicotine, but also because without nicotine they run the risk of a debilitating psychiatric illness.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It’s like all those quiet people, when they do lose their tempers they lose them with a vengeance.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He shoved the last few remaining things he had laid out into his valise and snapped it with a vengeance.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And so here you are-with a vengeance.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Seven years ago, when Don Jaime had died, Jaimito had taken on the man-of-the-family role with a vengeance.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Is not this the same box with a vengeance?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Demolitions specialists converged on pillboxes and bunkers with a vengeance, relishing their payback for the volume of slaughter those emplacements had dealt out.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Or, looking at it another way, walking in the cold’which had returned with a vengeance’and interrupting people from their own family celebrations while scaring the occasional motorist.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • To judge by the look on Ambiades’s face, whatever it was that bothered him had come upon him with a vengeance.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • "That’s as false a word as ever you spoke, Mr. Glegg," said the lady, pouring out the milk with unusual profuseness, as much as to say, if he wanted milk he should have it with a vengeance.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The eye of the outside world, which had slipped away from the Dragon Lady these last few years, had now returned with a vengeance.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Kim bent over the Mahratta’s neck, his heart nearly choking him; for this was the Great Game with a vengeance.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • …Mozambick, off at sea north-east winds blow Sabean odours from the spicy shore Of Araby the blest; with such delay Well pleased they slack their course, and many a league Cheered with the grateful smell old Ocean smiles: So entertained those odorous sweets the Fiend, Who came their bane; though with them better pleased Than Asmodeus with the fishy fume That drove him, though enamoured, from the spouse Of Tobit’s son, and with a vengeance sent From Media post to Egypt, there fast bound.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • That will be a Declaration of Independence with a vengeance.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • And this morning he concentrated with a vengeance.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I could make him a solemn promise that it would be shut behind him with a vengeance.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
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  • Twenty states rewarded individual schools for good test scores or dramatic improvement; thirty-two states sanctioned the schools that didn’t do well.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Saddam was smuggling oil and other items both into and out of his country, in violation of the U.N. sanctions.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper

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  • A law needs a sanction a punishment or penalty for disobedience.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "This may result in some sanctions for you at work," one of the Officials says to my father, in a tone so mean I wonder if she will get cited herself.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • He even sanctioned an annual pop concert on the eve of Independence Day, which was broadcast to the nation.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I went back to law school with an intense desire to understand the laws and doctrines that sanctioned the death penalty and extreme punishments.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • There was no sanctioned establishment as yet, and we young officers were more than grateful for the outpost.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He had done nothing exceptional in marrying—nothing but what society sanctions, and considers an occasion for wreaths and bouquets.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • ’We refuse to sanction these indentures,’ said the old gentleman: tossing aside the piece of parchment as he spoke.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Tell me for the hundredth time that you refuse my love, which had your mother’s sanction.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Even if she sanctioned it, I wouldn’t.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • You know the sanctions, Ender. they were not as harsh then, but still not easy.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Your father denies his Polish ancestry, since Poland is still a noncompliant nation, and under international sanction because of it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • But when I reflected that I was a slave, and that the laws gave no sanction to the marriage of such, my heart sank within me.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The sanctions against your daughter stand.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • He was still out of sanction!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • His curious guffaw seems to sanction our laughter.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • It is an abomination I will not sanction.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Sanctioned murder, ordered and viciously effective.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Of course, I’ve never been on a train, as travel between the districts is forbidden except for officially sanctioned duties.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • If you award damages for work that’s illegal, you’re sanctioning a company to be above the law.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Then in 1999 the United States persuaded the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "Your Society sanctions women’s preaching, then?"
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • But you read him misunderstandingly when you conclude that the struggle for existence sanctions your wanton destruction of life.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • A closed Japanese naval base, it is inaccessible to civilians of all nationalities except for rare government-sanctioned visits.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Finally he allowed, "But you do know your mission here was not sanctioned."
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The Church will never sanction it, says Francesca.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • The report ranks countries according to how they tackle trafficking, and those in the lowest tier are sanctioned.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • From then on, Ruth’s malady was elevated to an annual sanctioned event.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Any new inventions, emigration, or interkingdom trade must be submitted, reviewed, and sanctioned by Lord Astaroth’s embassy.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • What an embarrassment in her own backyard, as if she, Dede, had sanctioned all this.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • This is evidently an administrative measure sanctioned by the formalities of a judicial decision.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He judges himself before he is judged by the law, and, abstaining from prohibited associations, he embarks in those which are legally sanctioned.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • This particular pair has confirmatory sanction.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • It has been practiced upon in different countries and ages, and has received the sanction of the most approved writers on the subject of politics.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • "Getting close to nature," which was sanctioned, after all, by the pleasant sentimentality of the sort of books she read, was a reassuring abstraction.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Who has sanctioned it.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • 2 The existing Confederation has no SANCTION—no way to enforce—its laws.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • We have shot, hanged, gassed, electrocuted, and lethally injected hundreds of people to carry out legally sanctioned executions.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Two years later, even harsher sanctions were put in place in another attempt to force the Taliban to hand over bin Laden.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Did we not love mankind, so meekly acknowledging their feebleness, lovingly lightening their burden, and permitting their weak nature even sin with our sanction?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • There was another Lincoln who had a lawyer-like feeling for the niceties of established rules and a nationalist’s reverence for constitutional sanction.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • In a broader sense, the signature of the prime minister meant that he had sanctioned the need for a unit that would be responsible for "internal personnel control."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • I had not the sanction.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Repairs, except what you could do for yourself, had to be sanctioned by remote committees which were liable to hold up even the mending of a window-pane for two years.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He had no right to condemn anyone-he thought-to denounce anything, to fight and die joyously, claiming the sanction of virtue.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Not sanctions nor the denial of Afghanistan’s U.N. seat.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The second was largely spent in the protracted torture and eventual murder of a prince of the church who prefers martyrdom to sanctioning Francesca’s marriage to her son.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • This power is less definite, less evident, and less sanctioned by the laws in France than in America, but in fact it exists.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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