[ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n]


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

Nearby words

  1. retainership,
  2. retaining ring,
  3. retaining wall,
  4. retake,
  5. retaliate,
  6. retaliatory,
  7. retard,
  8. retardance,
  9. retardant,
  10. retardate

Origin of retaliation

First recorded in 1575–85; retaliate + -ion

Related formscoun·ter·re·tal·i·a·tion, nounnon·re·tal·i·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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