What does retribution mean?

Definitions for retributionˌrɛ trəˈbyu ʃən

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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.

  2. Origin: 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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve King:

    This is retribution on the highest scale.

  2. Hosea Ballou:

    Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

  3. Terry Goodkind, "Blood of the Fold":

    But if used for retribution, magic is vengeance incarnate.

  4. Steve King:

    He's currently throwing tantrums, this is retribution on the highest scale.

  5. President Vladimir Putin:

    It (our campaign) must be intensified in such a way that the criminals understand that retribution is inevitable.

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