- revenge (v.)
- late 14c., from Old French revengier, from re-, intensive prefix, + vengier "take revenge," from Latin vindicare "to lay claim to, avenge, punish" (see vindicate).
To avenge is "to get revenge" or "to take vengeance"; it suggests the administration of just punishment for a criminal or immoral act. Revenge seems to stress the idea of retaliation a bit more strongly and implies real hatred as its motivation. ["The Columbia Guide to Standard American English," 1993]The noun is first recorded 1540s.