avenge (oneself)

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avenge (oneself)

To retaliate against another for a wrong done to oneself; to get revenge. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I avenged myself by starting a rumor about her. How do you plan to avenge yourself for their act of sabotage?
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avenge oneself (on someone or something) (for something)

 and avenge oneself (against someone or something) (for something)
to get even with, or take revenge against someone or something for some hurt or damage. They avenged themselves on the enemy for the surprise attack. He avenged himself against the storekeeper for the false charges. Mary avenged herself for her ex-husband's neglect to pay child support. Tom avenged himself on Bill for Bill's previous insults.
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References in classic literature ?
Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.
Behind all the delicious visions of these last hours, which had flowed over her like a soft stream, and made her entirely passive, there was the dim consciousness that the condition was a transient one, and that the morrow must bring back the old life of struggle; that there were thoughts which would presently avenge themselves for this oblivion.
Scotland will need to improve on their poor opening performance in the World Cup qualifiers when they meet Papua New Guinea at Aberdeen's Mannofield today, followed by an opportunity tomorrow to avenge themselves against Oman.
He further said that the things they do are not due to a humanitarian or moral stance, but are driven by a desire to avenge themselves and seek revenge.
He is daring the two to go ahead and avenge themselves, but prepares them for far-reaching political consequences.
They avenge themselves on their bullying tormentor at school, Todd Miller, as well as defeating the sinister agent of the Reach group, Nathan Heed, before destroying the box.
Stunned, disoriented and angry, Bulgarians went to the ballot in ever dwindling numbers, mostly to avenge themselves against the latest government that overpromised and underdelivered.
The weeks before the February 17 anniversary, the Gaddafi agents who had fled the country, and some members of his exiled family, made some empty threats about coming back to avenge themselves of the Libyan people.
Some analysts attribute the present state of disorder to the attempts of some thugs who had suffered torture and suppression at the hands of the security agency during rule of Mubarak and who are working to avenge themselves on the police.
Robert Nozick in his book "Anarchy, State, And Utopia" argues that those who avenge themselves under the state of nature "will overestimate the amount of harm or damage they have suffered, and passions will lead them to attempt to punish others more than proportionately and to exact excessive compensation." It is because of this disproportionate nature in revenge killings that many people all over the world make sure that nobody is allowed to take the law into his or her own hand.
And they are willing to avenge themselves for any slight they feel has been inflicted upon them.
The Israeli media is ignoring the daily Palestinian abuse against Judea and Samaria's settlers, and we have to make them pay the price for their assaults.' He added, 'Jewish settlers must enforce the law and avenge themselves, since the Israeli Army is not doing its role.
"After the Grand Final in December a handful of girls threatened to avenge themselves by putting my contact details on escort cards and placing them in phone booths.
It is the harvest of autocracy, injustice, discrimination and monopolization suffered by Yemenis who now seek to avenge themselves on the regime.
These are some of the sites that serve as a platform for jilted lovers to avenge themselves -- just post nude pictures of your ex and you have your revenge.