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[ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n] /rɪˌtæl iˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of retaliating; return of like for like; reprisal.
1575-85; retaliate + -ion
Related forms
counterretaliation, noun
nonretaliation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for retaliation
  • 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.
  • In that regard, you are safe from their retaliation.
  • If humans are involved in the decisions, there is always the possibility of favoritism and retaliation in the awards.
  • My administrative withdrawal was a clear case of retaliation.
  • No air strikes were called in retaliation on the nearby villages.
  • Conversely, the winner can afford to get really dominant, as the threat of retaliation has receded.
  • Being able to threaten credible retaliation makes co-operation possible.
Word Origin and History for 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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