- the act of retaliating; return of like for like; reprisal.
Origin of retaliation
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Examples from the Web for retaliation
The decision not to run the cartoons is motivated by nothing more than fear: either fear of offending or fear of retaliation.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely disproportionate the retaliation can be.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
What he fails to realize is that he is imposing the same urban title on his family in retaliation.‘black-ish’ Keeps It Real about the Invisible Black Man
September 24, 2014
But one of the German submarines was to go to the bottom in retaliation.
The colonists dared not exhibit the slightest spirit of retaliation.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
He was in such trouble that he feared to drive his wife to retaliation; and yet he must do his duty.Is He Popenjoy?
The reckoning, the retribution, the retaliation to be just must be most stern.
There seemed to be nothing for it but to wait and pray for some means of retaliation.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Word Origin and History for retaliation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper