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[ri-tal-ee-eyt] /rɪˈtæl iˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), retaliated, retaliating.
to return like for like, especially evil for evil:
to retaliate for an injury.
verb (used with object), retaliated, retaliating.
to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.
Origin of retaliate
1605-15; < Late Latin retāliātus (past participle of retāliāre), equivalent to re- re- + tāli(s) such, of such a nature + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
retaliative, retaliatory
[ri-tal-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈtæl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
retaliator, noun
unretaliated, adjective
unretaliating, adjective
unretaliative, adjective
unretaliatory, adjective
1. counter, repay, reciprocate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for retaliated
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  • We have failed to appreciate that the Indian, in being driven from his lands, has retaliated from motives of patriotism.

    Stories of the Badger State Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • For this hanging of prisoners the Loyalists, of course, retaliated in kind.

  • Yet Susanne had pulled the great Rawlings' nose, and that brilliant and magnificent bully had not retaliated.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • The students at Wittenberg retaliated by burning Tetzel's theses.

  • All of which merely meant, of course, retaliated the girls, that Charlie was jealous because he also could not go to Texas.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • "I'm in a regular nest of female detectives," he retaliated gayly.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
British Dictionary definitions for retaliated


(intransitive) to take retributory action, esp by returning some injury or wrong in kind
(intransitive) to cast (accustations) back upon a person
(transitive) (rare) to avenge (an injury, wrong, etc)
Derived Forms
retaliation, noun
retaliative, retaliatory, adjective
retaliator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin retāliāre, from Latin re- + tālis of such kind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for retaliated



1610s, from Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare "requite, retaliate" (see retaliation). Related: Retaliated; retaliating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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