Definition of retaliation in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˌtalɪˈeɪʃn/


[mass noun]
1The action of returning a military attack; counter-attack: the bombings are believed to be in retaliation for the trial of 15 suspects
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  • Hakimullah Mehsud, an aide of Pakistan's Taliban chief, Baitullah Mehsud, said the attack was retaliation for the operations in Swat.
  • The civilian minority ' empowered ' by you will require heavy US military protection to withstand retaliation.
  • The insurgent terrorists have launched a day of mayhem across parts of Iraq in retaliation for the assault on Fallujah.
revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth), getting even, redress, repayment, payback;
response, reaction, reply, reciprocation, counterattack, counterstroke, comeback, tit for tat, measure for measure, blow for blow;
Latin lex talionis
rare ultion, a Roland for an Oliver
1.1The action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; revenge: she rejected as preposterous any suggestion that she had acted in retaliation
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  • They don't want to speak out for fear of losing their business through governmental retaliation.
  • The Americans have not executed prisoners in retaliation for assassinations.
  • Hitters dig in, knowing they need not worry about retaliation.
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