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
In Hérouxville, many residents declined to disclose their full names, citing fears of retribution.
In this context, if crime hurts, then justice should heal, not seek retribution.
Wilson said that his group was able to find at least eight women who had signed nondisclosure agreements after having affairs with Trump, but that his group was unable to persuade them to speak out for fear of retribution.
All students deserve the opportunity to speak out without fear of reproach or retribution.
Victims who come forward will have access to an advocate who will provide legal consultation, will be able to work remotely or request paid leave without fear of retribution.
Fear of retribution That has meant more on-the-ground battles, often to seize or defend population centers.
According to one legend, Sarah believed that her daughter and husband's untimely deaths were retribution for all the people killed by Winchester rifles, especially after a medium told her that her blood fortune was cursed.
The attack that ended with their deaths was actually retribution, because Jones and Bandy had robbed someone else of money and drugs in the weeks prior, Cafferkey said.
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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.
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: punishment for doing something wrong
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