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avenge

verb [T] uk   /əˈvendʒ/ formal us  
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 herself on the killer. At the end of the film, the murderer is killed by his victim's avenging girlfriend.
avenger
noun [C] uk   /əˈven.dʒər/ us    /-dʒɚ/
Russell Crowe stars as a grief-stricken avenger on the trail of his family's killers.
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