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 for Vengeance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vengeance \Venge"ance\, n. [F. vengeance, fr. venger to avenge,
     L. vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge, fr. vindex a
     claimant, defender, avenger, the first part of which is of
     uncertain origin, and the last part akin to dicere to say.
     See Diction, and cf. Avenge, Revenge, Vindicate.]
     1. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an
        offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate
        or unrestrained revenge.
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              To me belongeth vengeance and recompense. --Deut.
                                                    xxxii. 35.
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              To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. --Milton.
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     2. Harm; mischief. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     What a vengeance, or What the vengeance, what! --
        emphatically. [Obs.] "But what a vengeance makes thee
        fly!" --Hudibras. "What the vengeance! Could he not speak
        'em fair?" --Shak.
  
     With a vengeance,
        (a) with great violence; as, to strike with a vengeance.
            [Colloq.]
        (b) with even greater intensity; as, to return one's
            insult with a vengeance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vengeance
      n 1: the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation
           for something harmful that they have done) especially in
           the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the
           Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing.
           This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James
           Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him";
           "the swiftness of divine retribution" [syn: vengeance,
           retribution, payback]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "vengeance":
     avengement, avenging, blood feud, counterblow, energetically,
     enthusiastically, ferociously, feud, fiercely, forcefully,
     furiously, getting even, repayment, reprisal, requital,
     retaliation, retribution, return, revanche, revanchism, revenge,
     revengefulness, sweet revenge, vehemently, vendetta, vengefulness,
     violently, wholeheartedly, wildly, with a vengeance
  
  

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