"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" Bible: Exodus
"Sweet is revenge - especially to women" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"Revenge is a dish best served cold"
"Don't get mad, get even"
"Revenge is sweet"
1. to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of,
esp. in a vindictive spirit: to revenge a murdered brother.
2. to inflict pain or harm for; take vengeance for;
avenge: to revenge a son's murder.
3. the act of revenging; retaliation for injuries or wrongs; vengeance.
4. something done in vengeance.
5. the desire to revenge; vindictiveness.
6. an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction.
revenge, reprisal, retribution, vengeance suggest a punishment or
injury inflicted in return for one received.
Revenge is the carrying out of a bitter desire to injure another
for a wrong done to oneself or to those who are close to oneself:
to plot revenge for a friend's betrayal.
Reprisal is used specifically in the context of warfare;
it means retaliation against an enemy:
The guerrillas expected reprisals for the raid. retribution
Usually suggests deserved punishment for some evil done:
a just retribution for wickedness.
Vengeance is usually vindictive, furious revenge:
He swore vengeance against his enemies.