It is to inflict pain for the sake of vindication, or retributive justice. To revenge is to inflict pain or injury for the indulgence of resentful and malicious feelings. The former may at times be a duty; the latter is one of the worst exhibitions of human character.

I avenge myself upon another, or I avenge another, or I avenge a wrong. I revenge only myself, and that upon another.
C. J. Smith.

(A*venge"), v. i. To take vengeance. Levit. xix. 18.

(A*venge"), n. Vengeance; revenge. [Obs.] Spenser.

(A*venge"ance) n. Vengeance. [Obs.]

(A*venge"ful) a. Vengeful. [Obs.] Spenser.

(A*venge"ment) n. The inflicting of retributive punishment; satisfaction taken. [R.] Milton.

(A*ven"ger) n.

1. One who avenges or vindicates; as, an avenger of blood.

2. One who takes vengeance. [Obs.] Milton.

(A*ven"ger*ess), n. A female avenger. [Obs.] Spenser.

(A*ve"ni*ous) a. [Pref. a- + L. vena a vein.] (Bot.) Being without veins or nerves, as the leaves of certain plants.

(Av"e*nor) n. See Avener. [Obs.]

(Av"ens) n. [OF. avence.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus Geum, esp. Geum urbanum, or herb bennet.

(Av"en*tail) n. [OF. esventail. Cf. Ventail.] The movable front to a helmet; the ventail.

(Av"en*tine) a. Pertaining to Mons Aventinus, one of the seven hills on which Rome stood. Bryant.

(Av"en*tine), n. A post of security or defense. [Poetic]

Into the castle's tower,
The only Aventine that now is left him.
Beau. & Fl.

(A*ven"tre) v. t. To thrust forward as a spear. [Obs.] Spenser.

(A*ven"ture) n. [See Adventure, n.]

1. Accident; chance; adventure. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. (Old Law) A mischance causing a person's death without felony, as by drowning, or falling into the fire.

(A*ven"tu*rine) n. [F. aventurine: cf. It. avventurino.]

1. A kind of glass, containing gold-colored spangles. It was produced in the first place by the accidental (par aventure) dropping of some brass filings into a pot of melted glass.

2. (Min.) A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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