Definition of retaliation in English:


Line breaks: re|tali|ation
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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