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Meaning of RETALIATE

Pronunciation:  ri'talee`eyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make a counterattack and return like for like, esp. evil for evil; "The Empire strikes back"; "The Giants struck back and won the opener"; "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"
  2. [v]  take revenge for a perceived wrong; "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
 

RETALIATE is a 9 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: avenge, revenge, strike back
 
 See Also: get back, get even, hit, penalise, penalize, punish, strike

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Re*tal"i*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retaliated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Retaliating}.] [L. retaliatus, p. p. of
    retaliare to retaliate; pref. re- re- + a word akin to talio
    talion, retaliation. Cf. {Talion}.]
    To return the like for; to repay or requite by an act of the
    same kind; to return evil for (evil). [Now seldom used except
    in a bad sense.]
    
          One ambassador sent word to the duke's son that his
          visit should be retaliated.              --Sir T.
                                                   Herbert.
    
          It is unlucky to be obliged to retaliate the injuries
          of authors, whose works are so soon forgotten that we
          are in danger of appearing the first aggressors.
                                                   --Swift.
    
    
  2. \Re*tal"i*ate\, v. i.
    To return like for like; specifically, to return evil for
    evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy.
    
    
 

 

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