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

Pronunciation

retaliation

/rəˌtæliˈeɪʃ(ə)n//rəˌtalēˈāSH(ə)n/