verb (used without object), re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing.
verb (used with object), re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing.
- retaining ring,
- retaining wall,
Origin of retaliate
Examples from the Web for retaliative
The most ancient punishment in English law was retaliative—membrum pro membro, but ultimately at common law fine and imprisonment.
The idea of retaliative measures was a product of the brain of Jeff Davis.Company G|A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
Word Origin for retaliate
1610s, from Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare "requite, retaliate" (see retaliation). Related: Retaliated; retaliating.