Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending to or of the nature of retaliation; retaliatory; vindictive; revengeful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Same as retaliatory.

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  • adjective retaliatory

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Examples

  • Christian doctrine, it is perhaps necessary that I should elucidate this retaliative doctrine by an example: -- Two men quarrel, and fight; they draw their kumäyas (curved daggers about 12 inches long), which all the people of Haha wear, as well as all the clans or kabyles of Shelluhs; and if one happens to give his antagonist a

    An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa

  • That which renders the punishment of death peculiarly appropriate, in our estimation, in the crime of murder, is not by any means its retaliative character; the sentiment, that "blood must have blood," is one which we have no desire to foster; and if some less grievous penalty would have the same effect in deterring from the crime, we should, of course, willingly adopt it.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845

  • These would seem to take it for granted that we shall fall short of victory, and hence that selfish retaliative or vindictive practices between nations, sanctioned by imperialism, will continue to flourish after the war.

    An essay on the American contribution and the democratic idea

  • These would seem to take it for granted that we shall fall short of victory, and hence that selfish retaliative or vindictive practices between nations, sanctioned by imperialism, will continue to flourish after the war.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

  • He was even retaliative, and to the liner's continued iteration of its innocent remark he retorted in the words of old Omar:

    Quaint Courtships

  • Rancour and rage and vindictiveness, and every passion awakened in the breasts of the strong by local insolence and legal injustice, is supplied by Bunyan with epithets of immense retaliative force.

    Mystic London: or, Phases of occult life in the metropolis

  • A half-merry, half-retaliative humor in Lufa, may have wrought for revenge by making Walter fall in love with her; at all events it was a consolation to her wounded vanity when she saw him, in love with her; but it was chiefly in the hope of a

    Home Again

  • The result of that conference was, that Gabelle again withdrew himself to his housetop behind his stack of chimneys; this time resolved, if his door were broken in (he was a small Southern man of retaliative temperament), to pitch himself head foremost over the parapet, and crush a man or two below.

    A Tale of Two Cities

  • Gabelle again withdrew himself to his housetop behind his stack of chimneys; this time resolved, if his door were broken in (he was a small Southern man of retaliative temperament), to pitch himself head foremost over the parapet, and crush a man or two below.

    A Tale of Two Cities

  • Some of the retaliative measures employed were the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the abridgment of the freedom of the press and the prohibition of elections.

    Burke's Speech on Conciliation with America

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