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Definition of retribution noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

retribution

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌrɛtrəˈbyuʃn//
 
[uncountable] retribution (for something) (formal)
 
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severe punishment for something seriously wrong that someone has done People are seeking retribution for the latest terrorist outrages. fear of divine retribution (= punishment from God)
retributive
 
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NAmE//rɪˈtrɪbyət̮ɪv//
 
adjective [usually before noun] retributive justice
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