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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

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

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
Hosea Ballou

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

There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.
Meg Greenfield
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Retribution Translations

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