AskDefine | Define retaliation

Dictionary Definition

retaliation n : action taken in return for an injury or offense [syn: revenge]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˌtæliˈeɪʃən/, /rI%t

Extensive Definition

Retaliation may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alternation, amends, atonement, avengement, avenging, balancing, battledore and shuttlecock, blood feud, blow for blow, commutation, compensation, cooperation, correction, counteraction, counterbalancing, counterblow, counterchange, cross fire, discipline, exchange, expiation, feud, getting even, give-and-take, indemnification, indemnity, interchange, intermutation, interplay, lex talionis, measure for measure, mutual admiration, mutual support, mutual transfer, mutuality, offsetting, permutation, punishment, quid pro quo, reciprocality, reciprocation, reciprocity, recompense, rectification, redress, reparation, repayment, reprisal, requital, restitution, retribution, revanche, revanchism, revenge, satisfaction, something for something, substitution, sweet revenge, tit for tat, transposal, transposition, vendetta, vengeance
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