Revenge is a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. It is also called payback, retribution, retaliation or vengeance; it may be characterized as a form of justice, an altruistic action which enforces societal or moral justice aside from the legal system. Referred to as a kind of "wild justice", as described by Francis Bacon.

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Famous quotes containing the word revenge:

    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    In revenge and in love woman is more barbaric than man is.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    Murder’s out of tune,
    And sweet revenge grows harsh.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)