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
The storylines about assault and retribution are satisfying, if also grisly, in an era when even sustained national conversations about predation have produced precious few cases of justice.
Latest: The host of robberies, rapes, and murders netted Goudeau nine death sentences, grossing more than 1,600 years in prison, and commencing the countdown on death row’s retribution list.
Then there were more calls for TBS to cancel her show, as a tit-for-tat retribution for Barr’s quick ousting.
German retribution against Dutch railway workers who went on strike to aid the assault led to a famine that killed over 20,000.
The players’ attorneys will be inclined to argue that this new policy confirms that owners are indeed inclined to talk to each other about the anthem and, perhaps due to fear of retribution by Trump, to not sign players who protest the anthem.
Shakespeare’s play about justice and retribution, in site-specific fashion in New Haven next month, when Compagnia de’ Colombari presents the show in the Yale Law School Courtyard.
Nelson’s cousins cry out for eye-for-an-eye retribution.
Throughout, the museum embraces both the lure of gangland glamour and the promise of retribution, combining them even in its full name: The Mob Museum: National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement.
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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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: punishment for doing something wrong
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