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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    The wind,
    Tempestuous clarion, with heavy cry,
    Came bluntly thundering, more terrible
    Than the revenge of music on bassoons.
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    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
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