Examples of retribution in a Sentence
- 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
- The two purposes that sustain the death penalty … in the Court's view are general deterrence and retribution. —Thurgood Marshall, Gregg v. Georgia, 1976
- " … 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
The killer acted without fear of retribution.
the neighborhood is being torn apart by an endless cycle of gang violence and retribution
Recent Examples of retribution from the Web
This is no time, White said, for him or anyone else to exact any form of retribution.
The women spoke on the condition of anonymity, for fear of retribution.
Eater New York reported the women asked to remain anonymous in fear of retribution.
The prosecution, Banks argued, aims to discipline Bergdahl at the level of retribution.
Modern science thus lends support to the idea that human overreach leads to cosmic retribution, a pattern that has deep roots in classical myth and tragedy.
Beyond respect, and retribution, the North wanted hard currency from its cyberprogram.
And as the Dasalamu residents detailed Jabateh’s alleged retribution for that act of opposition on the fifth day of his trial, the jurors appeared to be noticeably moved.
Both cyber and old-fashioned human-intelligence industrial espionage has occurred for decades without any significant retribution by the United States.
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With its prefix re-, meaning "back", retribution means literally "payback". And indeed we usually use it when talking about personal revenge, whether it's retribution for an insult in a high-school corridor or retribution for a guerrilla attack on a government building. But retribution isn't always so personal: God takes "divine retribution" on humans several times in the Old Testament, especially in the great Flood that wipes out almost the entire human race. And retribution for criminal acts, usually in the form of a prison sentence, is taken by the state, not the victims.
Synonymspayback, reprisal, requital, retaliation, revenge, vengeance
Related Wordscounter, counterattack, counteroffensive; castigation, chastisement, correction; desert (s), discipline, nemesis, penalty, punishment, wrath; amends, compensation, indemnification, indemnity, quittance, recompense, recoupment, redress, remuneration, reparation (s), restitution
Near Antonymsclemency, grace, leniency, lenity, mercy; forgiveness, pardon, remission
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