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    What's the difference between the words "revenge" and "avenge"?

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    Re: avenge-Vs-revenge

    Revenge could be noun
    Avenge could be verb

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    Re: avenge-Vs-revenge

    Hi, these are confusables. I sill stumble over them, too.
    The Chechen widow vowed to avenge her husband's death upon the Russians.
    He is sure to avenge the insult.
    He is sure to revenge the insult.
    The widow revenged her husband.
    Some Turkish Armenians are thirsting for revenge after the assassination of the editor.
    Many Iraqis want to take revenge on the invaders for all the sorrow they've brought.
    Barza's victory gave them their revenge.

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    Re: avenge-Vs-revenge

    The word 'revenge' is from re- (expressing intensive force) + vengeance.

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    Re: avenge-Vs-revenge

    Quote Originally Posted by asad hussain View Post
    What's the difference between the words "revenge" and "avenge"?
    Avenge is usually used as a verb while revenge is usually used as a noun.

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    Re: avenge-Vs-revenge

    Revenge can be either a noun or a verb:

    noun 1 retaliation for an injury or wrong. 2 the desire to inflict such retaliation.
    verb 1 (revenge oneself or be revenged) inflict revenge for an injury or wrong done to oneself. 2 inflict revenge on behalf of (someone else) or for (a wrong or injury)
    — ORIGIN Old French revencher, from Latin vindicare ‘claim, avenge

    Avenge is only a verb

    verb inflict harm in return for (a wrong). — DERIVATIVES avenger noun.
    — ORIGIN Old French avengier, from Latin vindicare ‘vindicate
    Both mean “getting even, punishing someone for having injured you or yours” .

    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 verb revenge is usually used with a reflexive pronoun: He revenged himself on those who had killed his parents;

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