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Revengeance, -ans, n. Also: -veng-, -wenge- and -aunce, -ansse, -iance. [Obs. F. revengence (1285 in Greimas), f. revenger Reveng(e v. Cf. obs. e.m.e. reuengeaunce (1541), ‘common in 16th c.’ (OED). Only Sc. in early use, but appar. obs. after 1460.]

1. Revenge, vengeance. (1) I sall ger myn angelis tak Of hym reuengeance son and wrak; Leg. S. i 410.
That the pupile To tak rewengeance, war in will; Ib. vi 672.
My purpos hale is nowe For my fadrys dede to ta Revengeans; Wynt. vi 2186.
I past efterwart and tuke revengeaunce thare apon; Hay I 192/2.
(2) Jerusalem, the fare stede In rewengeans dystroyt wes; Leg. S. vii 235.
In rewengeaunce of his was slane, He schot ane dart at him; Troy-bk. ii 2954.
(3) His schippes for to ga In Thesaly for rewengeaunce Of his grantschir disturbaunce; Troy-bk. ii 2450.
On set purpos For to qwyt Wytht gret revengeans that dyspyte; Wynt. ii 1450.
For rewengeance [R. for to reveng]; Ib. iv 1402 (C).
Thi misdeid askis revengans; Consail Vys Man 268.
To cum and sie revengiance for the king; Hay Alex. MS 19422.

b. Counteraction in anticipation of an attack. = Reveng(e v. 1 c. Monkis ar repute as dede fra the warld away. … be all lawis a dede man suld mak na revengeaunce; Hay I 199/21.

2. A particular act, or instance, of revenge. That for the tynsalle off his sycht A rewengeans [W. revengeance, C. rewengeansse] he mycht wyn Off all his fays; Wynt. iii 467.
He has done this revengeaunce durand his breth and hete of blude; Hay I 196/16.

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"Revengeance n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Nov 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/revengeance>



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