retaliation

[ ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n ]
/ rɪˌtæl iˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of retaliating; return of like for like; reprisal.

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Origin of retaliation

First recorded in 1575–85; retaliate + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM retaliation

coun·ter·re·tal·i·a·tion, nounnon·re·tal·i·a·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for non-retaliation

  • And as for that doctrine of non-retaliation, a man should be very sure of his own motives before he submits to it.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton|Anthony Trollope