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Definitions for retribution
ˌrɛ trəˈbyu ʃənre·tri·bu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retribution, requital(noun)

    a justly deserved penalty

  2. retribution(noun)

    the act of correcting for your wrongdoing

  3. vengeance, retribution, payback(noun)

    the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

    "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"


  1. retribution(Noun)

    Punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance.

    Etymology: from retribuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retribution(noun)

    the act of retributing; repayment

  2. Retribution(noun)

    that which is given in repayment or compensation; return suitable to the merits or deserts of, as an action; commonly, condign punishment for evil or wrong

  3. Retribution(noun)

    specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the general judgment


  1. Retribution

    Retribution is a 2006 mystery film, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, of a detective's investigation of serial murders that leads him to a mysterious woman in red who slowly draws him into the darkness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retribution in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retribution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of retribution in a Sentence

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    That means that recognized businesses in states that legalized marijuana should be fully able to use the banking system without fear of federal retribution.

  2. Mossack Fonseca:

    Legitimate whistleblowers who expose unquestionable wrongdoing, whether insiders or outsiders, deserve immunity from government retribution, full stop.

  3. David Fleischer:

    Rousseff has been given some respite, but we can expect some violent retribution from Cunha in the next days and weeks.

  4. Acting CEO Susanne Lyons:

    We need to have a culture that does not make it difficult for people to speak up. Not a culture of retribution, not a culture in which there is protection of others who are accused, so I think there is a strong awareness and knowledge that that's what needs to change. How that happens over time is a much longer-term process.

  5. Hugh Dugan:

    Retribution for victims is rarely if at all available through U.N. processes, here’s thinking out of the box: Might victims be so motivated to bring the first sexual abuse case to the International Criminal Court? It was set up to prosecute individuals — not states — for the international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals. Filing such a case would challenge the culture of wristslapping and impunity, which is likely to persist.

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