verb (used without object)
to return like for like, especially evil for evil: to retaliate for an injury.
verb (used with object)
to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.
Origin: 1605–15; Related forms
< Late Latin retāliātus
(past participle of retāliāre
), equivalent to re- re-
) such, of such a nature + -ātus -ate1
retaliative, retaliatory /rɪˈtæliəˌtɔri, -ˌtoʊri/ [ri-tal-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] Show IPA , adjective
1. counter, repay, reciprocate.