retaliation

[ri-tal-ee-ey-shuhn]
noun
the act of retaliating; return of like for like; reprisal.

Origin:
1575–85; retaliate + -ion

counterretaliation, noun
nonretaliation, noun
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retaliate (rɪˈtælɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to take retributory action, esp by returning some injury or wrong in kind
2.  (intr) to cast (accustations) back upon a person
3.  rare (tr) to avenge (an injury, wrong, etc)
 
[C17: from Late Latin retāliāre, from Latin re- + tālis of such kind]
 
retali'ation
 
n
 
re'taliative
 
adj
 
re'taliatory
 
adj
 
re'taliator
 
n

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retaliation
1580s, from L.L. retaliare "pay back in kind," from re- "back" + L. talio "exaction of payment in kind," from talis "suchlike." Originally used both in good and evil senses.
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Example sentences
Tying a long string to a rock, he aimed his slingshot and shot a hive high in a
  tree, well out of reach of immediate retaliation.
Is she using the bathroom in the house as retaliation against me or is she
  confused about who is now dominant.
Some faculty members see the complaint as retaliation.
Possible employer retaliation is always a concern when dealing with
  unionization.
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