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Definition of retaliation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] retaliation (against somebody/something) (for something)
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  1. 1action that a person takes against someone who has harmed them in some way synonym reprisal
  2. 2 retaliation against U.N. workers The shooting may have been in retaliation for the arrest of the terrorist suspects.
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