Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of requiting.
  • n. Return, as for an injury or friendly act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Compensation for loss or damage; amends.
  • n. retaliation or reprisal; vengeance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of requiting; also, that which requites; return, good or bad, for anything done; in a good sense, compensation; recompense; ; in a bad sense, retaliation, or punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of requiting, or that which requites: return for any office, good or bad.
  • n. In a bad sense, retaliation or punishment.
  • n. Synonyms Remuneration, payment, retribution. Requital differs from the other nouns indicating reward in expressing most emphatically either a full reward or a sharp retaliation. In the latter sense it comes near revenge (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a justly deserved penalty
  • n. an act of requiting; returning in kind

Etymologies

From the Middle English requite, 1570-1580. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An they wish for gold, they shall have gold; and should they wish for silver, they shall have silver; or an they prefer for merchandise, I will give them merchandise; and to whom I owe a thousand I will give two thousand in requital of that wherewith he hath veiled my face before the poor; for I have plenty.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I have no ready money; but take this from me in requital of thy kindness and good offices.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then she threw me a purse containing three hundred dinars and said to me, ‘This is mine and I give it to thee by way of douceur in requital of thy judgment.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He hath done this deed in requital of that which thou diddest with him and he had it in his power to do with thee other than this thing; but he refrained therefrom out of courtesy and a desire that there should be love and friendship between us.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Or, far better for her still than this, do thou write her a letter with thine own hand (Allah endow it with all excellence!), and appoint it in requital of the intimacy that was between us in the nights of time past, whereof thou must preserve the memory.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And in requital of such good wishes, our good master gives you a holyday.

    Obi Melodrama Act I, Obi, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles

  • I told her as I thought, she could not put a more innocent thing there, for I did not find that it had any smell at all; besides that I was willing it should do me some service in requital of the pains I had taken for it.

    Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)

  • In many districts no revenue whatever is levied, the land being held free on a sort of feudal tenure in requital of military service; in general the tent-dwelling eels pay no tax on land, the quantity cultivated by those tribes being small.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • Miriam and begging of his favour that he write to all the Moslems, enjoining her seizure and sending back to him by a trusty messenger of the servants of his Highness the Commander of the Faithful; adding, “And in requital of your help and aidance in this matter, we will appoint to you half of the city of Rome the Great, that thou mayst build therein mosques for the Moslems, and the tribute thereof shall be forwarded to you.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When the girl heard the broker’s words, she drew from her finger a costly signet-ring of ruby and said to the man, “Carry me to yonder youth, and if he buy me, this ring shall be thine, in requital of thy travail with me this day.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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