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retaliation British & World English

The action of returning a military attack; counter-attack

retaliation English Thesaurus

the bombing was in retaliation for a rebel raid on two border villages

non-retaliation British & World English

The principle or practice of not retaliating to insult, injury, or attack.

massive retaliation British & World English

A military strategy (inaugurated in the United States in the 1950s) which uses the threat of a punitive response with nuclear weapons to deter aggression; a response of this kind.