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rɪˈtæl iˌeɪtre·tal·i·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliateverb

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

  2. retaliate, strike backverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. retaliateverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retaliateverb

    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. Retaliateverb

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

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retaliate

    rē-tal′i-āt, v.t. to return like for like: to repay.—v.i. to return like for like.—n. Retaliā′tion, act of retaliating: 'lex talionis:' retribution.—adjs. Retal′iātive, Retal′iātory, returning like for like. [L. retaliāre, -ātumre-, in return, talio, -onis, like for like—talis, of such a kind.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retaliate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retaliate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of retaliate in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Shanahan.However:

    Having the ability to absorb an attack and retaliate is the essence of deterrence, and yet Patrick Shanahan.However has failed to ensure presidential survival and robust communications — both vital to executing a retaliatory attack.

  2. Guy Philippe:

    I will come to Port-au-Prince and I will come in good shape. I will retaliate if necessary. If they try to arrest me I will retaliate, because it is illegal.

  3. Bruce Barket:

    Any suggestion that Mr. Tartaglione assaulted anyone is a complete fabrication, this story is being leaked to retaliate against Mr. Tartaglione for complaining to the court about the deplorable conditions at the MCC.

  4. Niroshan Perera:

    I have a feeling in my heart that we should go after the Muslims, that we should retaliate.

  5. Alyssa Farah:

    These allegations are an example of precisely what's wrong with Washington -- a junior-level disgruntled former detailee, with whom Ambassador O'Brien had almost no interaction, can launch baseless attacks for partisan purposes, yevgeny Vindman is no longer at National Security Council after Yevgeny Vindman detail was ended following poor performance, as revealed in the House Democrats' letter. Yevgeny Vindman now attempts to retaliate against Yevgeny Vindman former supervisors for providing an accurate assessment of Yevgeny Vindman performance.

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