1. A rejoinder or quick-witted remark.
2. (In Sports) A return to contention, especially by a player or team that had been losing.
3. When people, organizations, companies, or sports teams overcome difficulties and become successful again, they make a comeback.
4. When a condition, problem, situation, or activity returns or greatly increases, it makes a comeback
5. a fashion or fad becomes popular again, it makes a comeback.
ETYM French représaille, Italian ripresaglia, rappresaglia, Late Lat. reprensaliae, from Latin reprehendere, reprehensum. Related to Reprehend, Reprise.
A retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime.
Securing of redress or compensation by violent measure; act of retaliation in same kind or to same degree as offense.
Action taken in return for an injury or offense; SYN. revenge.
1. The act of revenging; vengeance; retaliation; a returning of evil for evil.
2. The disposition to revenge; a wishing of evil to one who has done us an injury.
Action, usually of a violent nature, meted out by the victim of a wrongdoing against the perpetrator by way of retribution or repayment.
The desire for revenge is deep-rooted and is encoded in many cultures both ancient and modern. It differs from punishment in that it is usually performed by the victim or his or her kin as direct compensation for the wrong committed and not by a separate agency, such as the state, as an official act of disapproval. Revenge is in many societies seen as restoring the honor of the wronged party; in primitive societies this extended to the whole group and was therefore a social obligation. Not to take revenge was a sign of weakness which prolonged disgrace for the individual and the group. In modern societies revenge is seen as “taking the law into your own hands” and is approved or disapproved of according to the effectiveness of the actual law.
Many of the Greek tragedies, notably the Oresteia of Aeschylus, depict individuals trapped in an endless cycle of murder and revenge. In English literature, Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is the best-known example of a revenge tragedy, a genre that flourished 1580s–1640s.
ETYM French vengeance, from venger to avenge, Latin vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge, from vindex a claimant, defender. Related to Diction, Avenge, Revenge, Vindicate.
The act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life.
The quality of that which is vengeful.
ETYM Latin vindicatio a laying claim, defense, vindication. Related to Vindicate.
The act of vindicating; SYN. exoneration, whitewash.
ETYM Old Eng. wrak wreck. Related to Wreck.
1. Dried seaweed esp. that cast ashore.
2. The destruction or collapse of something; SYN. rack.
Seaweed or wreckage cast up on shore.
Sea-weed cast up on shore; wreckage; vestige.
Any of the large brown seaweeds characteristic of rocky shores. The bladder wrack Fucus vesiculosus has narrow, branched fronds up to 1 m/3.3 ft long, with oval air bladders, usually in pairs on either side of the midrib or central vein.
ETYM Old Eng. wrak, AS. wraec exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish.
1. A ship that has been destroyed at sea.
2. Something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation.