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Meaning of RETALIATE

Pronunciation:  ri'talee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
          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.
  2. \Re*tal"i*ate\, v. i.
    To return like for like; specifically, to return evil for
    evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy.