Definition of retribution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌretrɪˈbjuːʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌretrɪˈbjuːʃn//
Types of punishment
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[uncountable] retribution (for something) (formal) severe punishment for something seriously wrong that somebody has done People are seeking retribution for the latest terrorist outrages. fear of divine retribution (= punishment from God) See related entries: Types of punishment Word Originlate Middle English (also in the sense ‘recompense for merit or a service’): from late Latin retributio(n-), from retribut- ‘assigned again’, from the verb retribuere, from re- ‘back’ + tribuere ‘assign’.Extra examples His armies invaded their lands in retribution. Members of Parliament clearly feared retribution from their constituents. Political retribution will fall swiftly on any president who fails in that task. Retribution will be swift if you cross me. She saw the sentence as just retribution on the man who had assaulted her. The celebrity couple clearly feared retribution from their fans. The victim did not report the incident for fear of retribution. Violent retribution soon followed. retribution against wrongdoers The public demanded swift justice and retribution.
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