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
Well, earlier this week, one Madison man got his karmic retribution.
Politicians can cheapen — and ruin — public dialogue without fear of immediate retribution.
Hope in a Togo where every citizen can aspire to become president without fear of retribution or death.
Rossi jokingly called it retribution for Josef Newgarden's win a month ago at Barber Motorsports Park.
The exercise smacked of retribution and coercion, since the Hammonds remain one of the last private ranching families in the Harney Basin.
First, our leaders must accept criticism without the fear of retribution.
While Hof thinks the anti-brothel efforts are political retribution against him, is opponents deny that is the case.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of retribution
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Definition of retribution for English Language Learners
: punishment for doing something wrong
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