Justice vs Revenge

Criminal Justice


Definition of justice (Oxford Dictionary)


  • 1 [mass noun] just behaviour or treatment:a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people
  • the quality of being fair and reasonable:the justice of his case
  • the administration of the law or authority in maintaining this:a tragic miscarriage of justice

  • 2a judge or magistrate, in particular a judge of the Supreme Court of a country or state.



    Definition of revenge  (Oxford Dictionary)


    [mass noun]

    • the action of hurting or harming someone in return for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands:other spurned wives have taken public revenge on their husbands
    • the desire to repay an injury or wrong:it was difficult not to be overwhelmed with feelings of hate and revenge
    • (in sporting contexts) the defeat of a person or team by whom one was beaten in a previous encounter:Zimbabwe snatched the game 18-16, but the Spanish had their revenge later


    (revenge oneself or be revenged) chiefly literary

    • inflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong done to oneself:I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you
    • [with object] inflict revenge on behalf of (someone else):it’s a pity he chose that way to revenge his sister
    • inflict retribution for (a wrong or injury done to oneself or another):her brother was slain, and she revenged his death

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