Definition of retributor in US English:



  • A provider of retribution; especially a person or god who exacts retributive justice.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Adams (1583–1652), Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin retributor rewarder (early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from classical Latin retribūt-, past participial stem of retribuere + -or. Compare French rétributeur, Catalan retribuïdor, Italian retributore.