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Pronunciation:  `retru'byooshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of correcting for your wrongdoing
  2. [n]  the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"
  3. [n]  a justly deserved penalty

RETRIBUTION is a 11 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: requital, vengeance
 See Also: correction, penalty, rectification, retaliation, revenge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ret`ri*bu"tion\, n. [L. retributio: cf. F.
1. The act of retributing; repayment.

         In good offices and due retributions, we may not be
         pinching and niggardly.               --Bp. Hall.

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.

         All who have their reward on earth, . . . Naught
         seeking but the praise of men, here find Fit
         retribution, empty as their deeds.    --Milton.

3. Specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the
   general judgment.

         It is a strong argument for a state of retribution
         hereafter, that in this world virtuous persons are
         very often unfortunate, and vicious persons
         prosperous.                           --Addison.

Syn: Repayment; requital; recompense; payment; retaliation.