What is the difference between these two words?
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It must be a difference as my test book ask in the following:
He swore to......................his fathers death.
He had to...............himself on his father's murder.
tr.v., -venged, -veng·ing, -veng·es.
- To inflict punishment in return for (injury or insult).
- To seek or take vengeance for (oneself or another person); avenge.
tr.v., a·venged, a·veng·ing, a·veng·es.
As you can see, the citations are almost identical. "Avenge" is often preferred for an injury to a person other than the avenger. But that is not an absolute.
- To inflict a punishment or penalty in return for; revenge: avenge a murder.
- To take vengeance on behalf of: avenged their wronged parents.
synonyms AVENGE and REVENGE agree in meaning to punish a person who has wronged one or someone close to one. They are often used interchangeably but AVENGE more often suggests punishing a person when one is vindicating someone else than oneself or is serving the ends of justice, the suggestion of justice achieved being strong in any application of the word *after all, if other people's children do not like him, he can always avenge himself by disliking them twice as much Robert Lynd* *it was a son who would some day avenge his father Charles Dickens* *his wife T entered the gubernatorial campaign to avenge her husband American Guide Series: Texas* REVENGE more often applies to vindicating oneself and usually suggests an evening up of scores or a personal satisfaction more than an achievement of justice, often connoting malice, spite, or vindictive retaliation *the novelist obsessed with the errors of his past T is irresistibly drawn to revenge himself on his past by rewriting it C.J.Rolo* *the hope of revenging himself on me was a strong inducement Jane Austen
MikeNewYork & Dr Jamshid. Thank you for your detailed answers,