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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of retaliating; revenge.
  • n. A usually political policy, as of a nation or an ethnic group, intended to regain lost territory or standing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Revenge or retaliation.
  • n. The political policy of regaining lost territory.


French, from Old French revancher, to revenge : re-, re- + vengier, vencher, to avenge; see revenge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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