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retaliatory

[ ri-tal-ee-uh-tawr-ee ]
/ rɪˈtæl i əˌtɔr i /
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adjective
done in order to take revenge; returning evil for evil: Hate crimes are especially likely to inflict emotional harm and provoke retaliatory violence.
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Rarely re·tal·i·a·tive [ri-tal-ee-uh-tiv] /rɪˈtæl i əˌtɪv/ .

Origin of retaliatory

OTHER WORDS FROM retaliatory

un·re·tal·i·a·to·ry, un·re·tal·i·a·tive, adjective
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