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[ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n] /rɪˌtæl iˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of retaliating; return of like for like; reprisal.
Origin of retaliation
1575-85; retaliate + -ion
Related forms
counterretaliation, noun
nonretaliation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • These were confessedly illegal in the form they took, and were justified by their authors only on the ground of retaliation.

  • Then criminal law and penalty took the place of retaliation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It was at this time that Rupert performed the stern act of retaliation, which so roused the wrath of the Parliament.

  • "We all noticed it, but do not fear a retaliation," she added sweetly.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I regret very much that Federal soldiers have ever felt constrained to resort to such acts of retaliation.

Word Origin and History for retaliation

1580s, noun of action from Late Latin retaliare "pay back in kind," from re- "back" (see re-) + Latin talio "exaction of payment in kind," from or influenced by talis "suchlike" (see that). Originally used both in good and evil senses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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