retribution


ret·ri·bu·tion

noun \ˌre-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

: punishment for doing something wrong

Full Definition of RETRIBUTION

2
:  the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter
3
:  something given or exacted in recompense; especially :  punishment

Examples of RETRIBUTION

  1. The killer acted without fear of retribution.
  2. <the neighborhood is being torn apart by an endless cycle of gang violence and retribution>
  3. 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

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

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