Origin of retribution
Examples from the Web for retribution
We are all guilty all the time and retribution will come for our unnamed sins.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Soon, though, voices from off camera begin shouting for retribution, not justice, chanting “Burn this b**** down.”Michael Brown’s Stepfather Tells Crowd, ‘Burn This Bitch Down’|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He came around at a time when a lot of urban artists were getting dicked around by labels and had no means of retribution.Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Clan Reunion, Fake Rappers, and the Suge Knight Shooting|Marlow Stern|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had seen her face on TV, and decided to spit on her as retribution.
In her case, she said, revealing her identity was “retribution for my husband…a warning shot.”Valerie Plame: Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Outing Was ‘Colossally Stupid’|Eleanor Clift|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evidence would be cooked up of course, and the retribution would be so swift that his friends would not be able to save him.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
Best of all, they would know at whose hands, and for what crime, they received their retribution.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall
It is of no use for us to think to evade this law; neither is it a law wholly of retribution.Hetty's Strange History|Anonymous
As I did so, and realised the certainty of retribution, I prayed that I might judge in mercy.Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood
As Dorothy climbed the stairs to bed, it was understood that the hour of retribution had arrived.Peggy Raymond's Vacation|Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
Word Origin for retribution
late 14c., "repayment," from Old French retribution and directly from Latin retributionem (nominative retributio) "recompense, repayment," noun of action from past participle stem of retribuere "hand back, repay," from re- "back" (see re-) + tribuere "to assign, allot" (see tribute). Originally "that which is given in return for past good or evil;" restricted modern use of "evil given for evil done" (1560s) is from day of retribution (1520s), in Christian theology the time of divine reward or punishment.