Definitions for retaliaterɪˈtæl iˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

  2. retaliate, strike back(verb)

    make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

    "The Empire strikes back"; "The Giants struck back and won the opener"; "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"


  1. retaliate(Verb)

    To do something harmful or negative to get revenge for some harm; to fight back or respond in kind to an injury or affront.

    John replied to Peter's insult with a verbal attack to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.

  2. Origin: From retaliatus, past participle of retaliare, from re + talis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retaliate(verb)

    to return the like for; to repay or requite by an act of the same kind; to return evil for (evil). [Now seldom used except in a bad sense.]

  2. Retaliate(verb)

    to return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy

  3. Origin: [L. retaliatus, p. p. of retaliare to retaliate; pref. re- re- + a word akin to talio talion, retaliation. Cf. Talion.]


  1. Retaliate

    Retaliate is the debut album of Maryland deathgrind band Misery Index. Track 5 was previously recorded and released on a split with Structure of Lies.

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  • sich rächen, Vergeltung übenGerman
  • kostaa, vastata samalla mitallaFinnish
  • riposterFrench
  • megtorol, megbosszul, elégtételt vesz, bosszút állHungarian
  • svara í sömu mynt, gjalda líku líkt, hefna sínIcelandic
  • vendicarsiItalian
  • rautipu, rautupuMāori
  • мстить, отомститьRussian

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