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What is the difference between Avenge and Revenge?

Postby davidbendtner » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:40 pm

Hello Guy's

Please help me out in using these words,if they had the same meaning then why different words?

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Re: What is the diffrence between Avenge and Revenge?

Postby Vega » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:55 pm

Hello,

Avenge.

1. To inflict a punishment or penalty in return for; revenge: avenge a murder.
2. To take vengeance on behalf of: avenged their wronged parents.

Revenge.

v.
1. To inflict punishment in return for (injury or insult).
2. To seek or take vengeance for (oneself or another person); avenge.
n.
1. The act of taking vengeance for injuries or wrongs; retaliation.
2. Something done in vengeance; a retaliatory measure.
3. A desire for revenge; spite or vindictiveness.
4. An opportunity to retaliate, as by a return sports match after a defeat.

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out —Francis Bacon
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Re: What is the diffrence between Avenge and Revenge?

Postby Arale » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:20 am

Dear David, this is what I found from the Oxford dictionary. Hope it would help.

Usage note: avenge / revenge

* Avenge is a verb; revenge is (usually) a noun.

-> People avenge something or avenge themselves on somebody:
Eg:
◇ She vowed to avenge her brother’s death.
◇ He later avenged himself on his wife’s killers.

You take revenge on a person.
◇ He swore to take (his) revenge on his political enemies.
◇ She is seeking revenge for the murder of her husband.
◇ The bombing was in revenge for the assassination.

-> In more formal or literary English, revenge can also be a verb. People revenge themselves on somebody or are revenged on them (with the same meaning):
◇ He was later revenged on his wife’s killers.

You CANNOT revenge something: She vowed to revenge her brother’s death. -> This sentence is wrong.


Good luck,

Arale.


davidbendtner wrote:Hello Guy's

Please help me out in using these words,if they had the same meaning then why different words?

Thanks:
David :-?
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Re: What is the difference between Avenge and Revenge?

Postby Josef » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:56 pm

Interestingly, Star Wars Episode IV "Return of the Jedi" was at one point before release called "Revenge of the Jedi".

However, shortly before the film's premiere the director George Lucas changed the name (back to) "Return of the Jedi" on the grounds that revenge is not a Jedi concept.

See also:
Revenge is sweet.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.

I will try to add something about the verb "avenge" and the noun "avenger" soon.
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Re: What is the difference between Avenge and Revenge?

Postby davidbendtner » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:33 pm

thanks a lot Xkalibur,Arale and Mr.Josef..

i think still i am not 100% convinced,but may be keep practising on these words i will get the better understanding.

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