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retribution

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noun ret·ri·bu·tion \ˌre-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Simple Definition of retribution

  • : punishment for doing something wrong

Full Definition of retribution

  1. 1 :  recompense, reward

  2. 2 :  the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter

  3. 3 :  something given or exacted in recompense; especially :  punishment

Examples of retribution

  1. The elastic-faced Ruck is a real find: his Cameron is a guilt-ridden, father-dominated nerd almost paralyzed with fear of parental retribution. —David Ansen, Newsweek, 16 June 1986

  2. The two purposes that sustain the death penalty … in the Court's view are general deterrence and retribution. —Thurgood Marshall, Gregg v. Georgia, 1976

  3. “…As for Cordelia, she went insane with remorse and was shut up in a lunatic asylum. I thought that was a poetical retribution for her crime.” —Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908

  4. The killer acted without fear of retribution.

  5. <the neighborhood is being torn apart by an endless cycle of gang violence and retribution>



Origin of retribution

Middle English retribucioun, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin retribution-, retributio, from Latin retribuere to pay back, from re- + tribuere to pay — more at tribute


First Known Use: 14th century



RETRIBUTION Defined for Kids

retribution

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noun ret·ri·bu·tion \ˌre-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Definition of retribution

  1. :  punishment 1





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