With A Vengeance Meaning
(idiomatic) With an intense motivation; in an extreme, intense, or violent manner.
Example: 1651, Samuel Clarke, A General Martyrologie, Underhill (London), ch. 27 "The Original Progress and Practice of the Spanish Inquisition," p. 209:
With which intolerable pains if the party shriek or cry out, they roar out as loud to him to confess the truth, or else he shall come down with a vengeance.
1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal:
Yes, egad, they are tenacious of reputation with a vengeance, for they don't choose anybody should have a character but themselves!
1779, "Miscellaneous Essays: From Dr. Beattie's Essay on Music and Poetry," in Edmund Burke (ed.), The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1778, Dodsley (London):
It is said, that in the first representation of the Furies of Eschylus, the horror of the spectacle was so great, that several women miscarried; which was indeed pathos with a vengeance.
1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 16:
They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance.
1966, Charles A. Berst, "Propaganda and Art in Mrs Warren's Profession," ELH, vol. 33 no. 3 (Sep), p. 404:
From the first, she is the New Woman with a vengeance, loving nothing better than a chair, whisky, cigars and a detective story.