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English definition of “avenge”

avenge

verb [T]     /əˈvendʒ/ formal
to do harm to or punish the person responsible for something bad done to you or your family or friends in order to achieve a fair situation : He swore he would avenge his brother's death . She determined to avenge her self on the killer . At the end of the film , the murderer is killed by his victim's avenging girlfriend .Revenge and vengefulness avenger     /əˈven.dʒər/ US  /-dʒɚ/ noun [C] Russell Crowe stars as a grief-stricken avenger on the trail of his family's killers .Revenge and vengefulness
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