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  • n. Violent response to an act of harm or perceived injustice.
  • n. An act of violent response

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of retaliating, or of returning like for like; retribution; now, specifically, the return of evil for evil; e.g., an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of retaliating; the return of like for like; the doing of that to another which he has done to us; especially (now usually), requital of evil; reprisal; revenge.
  • n. Synonyms Retribution, Reprisal, etc. See revenge.

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

  • n. action taken in return for an injury or offense


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  • Senator John McCain, who you just saw there, also said that sometimes inside Congress, the battle against pork barrel spending faces what he calls retaliation, especially from some lawmakers who are used to, as they say, bringing home the bacon.

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  • LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight an American civilian beheaded on video by his captors in what they call retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers.

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  • Mr. Sener is currently jailed on charges of aiding a terror organization, which he calls retaliation against him.

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  • Ward Churchill won his case against the University of Colorado today as a Denver jury unanimously decided he was fired in retaliation for his controversial essay about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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  • In the first days after the cease-fire took effect, Islamic Jihad fired nine rockets and a few mortar rounds in retaliation for Israeli assassinations of their members in the West Bank.

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