Avenge or Revenge?

What is the difference between avenge and revenge?

To avenge means to take vengeance on behalf of another.

To revenge means to gain satisfaction by carrying out a retributive action.

Avenge or Revenge?

Avenge and revenge have similar meanings, but there is a difference.


The verb to avenge means to seek retribution on behalf of somebody else. It contrasts with revenge which is about seeking retribution for yourself.



The noun revenge means gaining satisfaction by harming someone in return for a wrongdoing suffered at their hands. (The person seeking the revenge does not have to be the same person inflicted by the wrongdoing (even though it usually is) but is the person who gains satisfaction. Therefore, it is possible to acheive revenge (i.e., to gain satisfaction) by avenging on behalf of another.)


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