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retaliation US English

The action of returning a military attack; counterattack

retaliation US Thesaurus

the rebel forces awaited the government's retaliation

non-retaliation US English

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

massive retaliation US 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.