revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)
take revenge for a perceived wrong
"He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
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"
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.
Origin: From retaliatus, past participle of retaliare, from re + talis.
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.]
to return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy
Origin: [L. retaliatus, p. p. of retaliare to retaliate; pref. re- re- + a word akin to talio talion, retaliation. Cf. Talion.]
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
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, -ātum—re-, in return, talio, -onis, like for like—talis, of such a kind.]
The numerical value of retaliate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of retaliate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The bottom line is it must be repealed or we will retaliate.
Be too great, like the Sun, to retaliate when lesser men throw stones at you.
I’m trying to educate the people not to [retaliate], but these aggressive Muslims must be brought to justice.
I think this is quite a dangerous situation, there could be firing by the North Koreans, which then could prompt South Koreans to retaliate very quickly.
We will retaliate against every step (by the YPG), the YPG will immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again.
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- sich rächen, Vergeltung übenGerman
- tomar represaliasSpanish
- kostaa, vastata samalla mitallaFinnish
- megtorol, megbosszul, elégtételt vesz, bosszút állHungarian
- svara í sömu mynt, gjalda líku líkt, hefna sínIcelandic
- rautipu, rautupuMāori
- zemścić sięPolish
- мстить, отомститьRussian
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