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Definitions for retaliate
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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RETALIATEverb

    To return by giving like for like; to repay; to requite.

    Etymology: re and talio, Lat.

    It is very unlucky, to be obliged to retaliate the injuries of authors, whose works are so soon forgotten, that we are in danger of appearing the first aggressors. Jonathan Swift.

    If a first minister of state had used me as you have done, retaliating would be thought a mark of courage. Jonathan Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. retaliate

    Revenge is committing a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. Primitive justice or retributive justice is often differentiated from more formal and refined forms of justice such as distributive justice and divine judgment.

ChatGPT

  1. retaliate

    Retaliate refers to the act of returning harmful actions or behavior in response to being harmed or wronged by someone. It involves taking revenge or seeking reprisal against another person or group as a reaction to an action that caused harm, offence, or injustice.

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.]

Wikidata

  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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  1. aliterate

  2. elettaria

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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. Bob Iger:

    The governor got very angry about the position that Disney took, and it seems like he’s decided to retaliate against us. … in effect, to seek to punish a company for its exercise of a constitutional right, and that just seems really wrong to me – against any company or individual, but particularly against a company that means so much to the state that you live in.

  2. 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.

  3. Brian Frosh:

    These men used threats and violence to control their territory and retaliate against adversaries. They flaunted guns and money on social media and in music videos.

  4. Lizbeth Mateo:

    We knew that these exorbitant fines were illegal and nothing more than a tool to scare our clients and retaliate against them for fighting back and standing up to this administration.

  5. 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.

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