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
Earlier this year hateful fliers printed with swastikas were circulated as retribution in an apparent feud between neighbors.
Multiple sources who asked to speak under anonymity for fear of retribution told IndyStar that Wahl and Middleton were involved in a romantic relationship.
Whether intended or not, Rule 53 makes mushers fear speaking out against the race or its policies for fear of retribution.
Some even went so far to point out that the work of divine retribution had deliberately targeted Florida and Texas.
In the first sentence of this paragraph, Strassel describes a Trump administration threat to exact policy retribution on a completely unrelated policy area if Murkowski opposed their bill.
The claim that his problems were the result of political retribution by President Barack Obama is undercut by several facts in the racial profiling case that led to the criminal case against him.
Both cyber and old-fashioned human-intelligence industrial espionage has occurred for decades without any significant retribution by the United States.
Most vicious has been the retribution against Mr. Pruitt for his work to undo Obama-era climate rules.
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Did You Know?
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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