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Definition of Retribution


  1. The act of retributing; repayment.
  2. 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. Specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the general judgment.

Retribution Quotations

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
Hosea Ballou

All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.
Conrad Black

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.
Louis D. Brandeis

I mean, if a person acts irresponsibly in his own life, he will pay the consequences. And it's not so much divine retribution as it's built into the law of nature.
Pat Robertson

Artists speak the truth to the public without fear of retribution or damage to their careers.
Ron Silver
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Retribution Translations

retribution in German is Strafe, Vergeltung
retribution in Latin is talio; -onis
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