- to return like for like, especially evil for evil: to retaliate for an injury.
- to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.
Origin of retaliate
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Examples from the Web for retaliated
Cops then retaliated with a raid of their own on a gay bar in the Castro.Castro Street’s Hot Cop Is the Batman to Sexy Mug Shot Guy’s Joker
July 9, 2014
She retaliated by using her telekinetic powers to overturn their party bus.‘Boy Parts’ Proves ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Is the Boldest Drama on TV
October 17, 2013
But instead of their perpetrators being punished, the victims were intimidated, isolated, and retaliated against.Service Members Sue Defense Secretary Over Alleged Military Rapes
September 28, 2012
They retaliated immediately, mainly by announcing sanctions against unspecified U.S. companies involved in the arms sale.Obama's Dangerous China Game
Leslie H. Gelb
January 31, 2010
Thus have I retaliated the kindness you designed to me and my companions.'
"I'm in a regular nest of female detectives," he retaliated gayly.Miss Pat at School
They say the thing is impossible; I have retaliated by saying it is imperative.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
When the Chippewa retaliated they would go in the same proportion.Old Rail Fence Corners
Nature has retaliated by making me also an unnaturally inferior person.Novel Notes
Jerome K. Jerome
- (intr) to take retributory action, esp by returning some injury or wrong in kind
- (intr) to cast (accustations) back upon a person
- (tr) rare to avenge (an injury, wrong, etc)
Word Origin and History for retaliated
1610s, from Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare "requite, retaliate" (see retaliation). Related: Retaliated; retaliating.