Definition of retaliation in US English:

retaliation

noun

  • 1The action of returning a military attack; counterattack.

    ‘the bombings are believed to be in retaliation for the trial of 15 suspects’
    • ‘They were simply retaliation for Americans burning down the Canadian capital of Ontario.’
    • ‘In the past, Israel has launched military offensives in retaliation for major Palestinian attacks.’
    • ‘Retaliation could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation that would be difficult to halt short of general war.’
    • ‘Al Jazeera's reporter puts the bombings in the context of a retaliation for an earlier assassination by Israelis of a Hamas leader.’
    • ‘He also pointed out the likelihood of potential retaliation by terrorist groups in the face of US air strikes in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Israel has started shelling Gaza City in retaliation for a Palestinian raid on the Israeli border that killed two civilians.’
    • ‘The captured coast watchers were beheaded by the Japanese in retaliation for an American air raid on Betio.’
    • ‘The settlements are the original violence to which all Palestinian action is a retaliation.’
    • ‘Israel launched the latest operation in retaliation against an attack on an Israeli convoy in which a total of 13 Israeli soldiers were killed.’
    • ‘Hakimullah Mehsud, an aide of Pakistan's Taliban chief, Baitullah Mehsud, said the attack was retaliation for the operations in Swat.’
    • ‘They were I guess in the process of going back a third time in order to get the WTO to authorise retaliation.’
    • ‘During the Cold War, NATO's strongest deterrent against Soviet aggression was the threat of nuclear retaliation.’
    • ‘The civilian minority ' empowered ' by you will require heavy US military protection to withstand retaliation.’
    • ‘There is only one answer to an act of war, an act of peace; understanding not retaliation.’
    • ‘The security personnel then resorted to aerial firing to scare away the rioters, which prompted the Taliban militia to fire back in retaliation.’
    • ‘But there was no decision to use chemical weapons for fear of retaliation.’
    • ‘US military retaliation is likely to further damage confidence in international travel.’
    • ‘The insurgent terrorists have launched a day of mayhem across parts of Iraq in retaliation for the assault on Fallujah.’
    • ‘Another $300 m will go to Libyan victims of US air strikes ordered in retaliation for the disco bombing, which killed two American soldiers.’
    revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, getting even, redress, repayment, payback
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    1. 1.1 The action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; revenge.
      ‘protectionism invites retaliation’
      • ‘Dent to resign in retaliation for their efforts to bring financial problems to light.’
      • ‘Several other students did not want their names used for fear of retaliation.’
      • ‘The soldiers who spoke to the newspaper chose to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation from the Pentagon.’
      • ‘The lockout was in retaliation against industrial bans imposed by employees for a 15 percent pay increase over three years.’
      • ‘Justice will not be rendered; only retaliation can be expected.’
      • ‘In retaliation, a member of the Khazraj tribe paid a Jew to smack the face of the Bedouin.’
      • ‘The Americans have not executed prisoners in retaliation for assassinations.’
      • ‘In retaliation of the threats, Roseanne herself had threatened to leave the network, taking her highly-rated series with her.’
      • ‘Obviously, the revealing investigative reports into the dark side of society triggered the retaliation.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'm feeling a bit guilty now about the loud guitar feedback that was my retaliation.’
      • ‘They don't want to speak out for fear of losing their business through governmental retaliation.’
      • ‘Evidently, power or class differentiation precludes such direct retaliation.’
      • ‘In the case of community policing, there is often the additional cost of possible retaliation from criminals in the community.’
      • ‘Enraged by the retaliation, the Lady hit her sister twice across the forehead.’
      • ‘Professor Rodriguez had been horrified by all the calls for massive retaliation: " Not in my son's name you don't.’
      • ‘The European Commission has already drawn up two lists of goods it intends to hit in retaliation for the US steel tariff.’
      • ‘Hitters dig in, knowing they need not worry about retaliation.’
      • ‘A Catholic teenager was stabbed in North Belfast in retaliation for a similar attack on loyalist bandsmen earlier in the week.’
      • ‘Lorien thought darkly, to be able to hold hands, to kiss, to say I love you out loud without fear of retaliation.’
      • ‘A specimen of the practical nature of his retaliation occurred early in 1859.’

Pronunciation

retaliation

/rəˌtæliˈeɪʃ(ə)n//rəˌtalēˈāSH(ə)n/