Definition of retribution in English:

retribution

Syllabification: ret·ri·bu·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌretrəˈbyo͞oSHən
 
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noun

Punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved: settlers drove the Navajo out of Arizona in retribution for their raids
More example sentences
  • Every fiber of her cried out for revenge, for retribution, for something to let her strike back.
  • In that regard, not only did they open themselves up to ethical retribution, but to potential criminal prosecution under both federal and local law.
  • The lex talionus, or law of retribution, teaches that the punishment should fit the crime.
Synonyms
punishment, penalty, one's just deserts; revenge, reprisal, requital, retaliation, vengeance, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth), tit for tat, lex talionis, retributive justice; redress, reparation, restitution, recompense, repayment, atonement, indemnification, amends

Origin

late Middle English (also in the sense 'recompense for merit or a service'): from late Latin retributio(n-), from retribut- 'assigned again', from the verb retribuere, from re- 'back' + tribuere 'assign'.

Derivatives

retributive

Pronunciation: /riˈtribyətiv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Whether nature or nurture, a common point was the change in attitudes regarding the purpose of justice, shifting from retributive to reformative intent.
  • It is important to note, however, that Brown held that the definition of punishment should not be limited to retributive actions.
  • You have distinguished between a restorative form of justice and a retributive form of justice.

retributory

Pronunciation: /riˈtribyəˌtôrē/
adjective
More example sentences
  • My own moral intuition wishes that people in general, and law professors in particular, understood retributory bloodlust as a natural human reaction, but one that we should learn to suppress, not to indulge in.
  • Blaming the self may allow the perceived deflection of interpersonal hostility and result in a shield against retributory threat from the external environment.
  • In the principles of justice, the concept of retributory justice is important to the victims and the society.

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