• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Retribute To pay back; to give in return, as payment, reward, or punishment; to requite; as, to retribute one for his kindness; to retribute just punishment to a criminal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 90% believe in divine retribution.
    • retribute To restore; pay back; return; give in requital.
    • retribute To make compensation or requital. as for some past action, whether good or bad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Retribute rē-trib′ūt to give back: to make repayment of
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  • Hosea Ballou
    “Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “To be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just retribution.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. retributus, p. p. ofretribuere, to retribute; pref re-, + tribuere, to bestow, assign, pay. See Tribute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. retributioretribuĕre, to give back—re-, back, tribuĕre, to give.


In literature:

There was scarcely a human being upon whom this sort of retribution could have sat more painfully than upon Mr. Tyrrel.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
She turned ghastly white: retribution was upon her.
"Not Pretty, But Precious" by John Hay, et al.
What followed was retribution.
"Fighting in Flanders" by E. Alexander Powell
Best of all, they would know at whose hands, and for what crime, they received their retribution.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
It is satisfactory to know that retribution has at last overtaken him.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 1" by Various
It is plain that Mr. Caleb Cushing has begun to feel a wholesome dread of this posthumous retribution.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
And now Buchanan was in a way to draw upon himself that retribution which must ever descend upon the foes of Israel.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
Retribution they know, but not Redemption.
"The Teaching of Jesus" by George Jackson
The retribution was just and natural.
"A Short History of Women's Rights" by Eugene A. Hecker
If aught in his life merited retribution, the man paid the price a hundred times over and over that second.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
What should be done to secure the most certain retribution?
"The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories" by Nicholas Carter
All the old passion and yearning for retribution surged up in my breast once more.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
Sarah speaks of the war as a retribution.
"The Grimké Sisters" by Catherine H. Birney
Those who had taken part in the outrages upon Kansas, five years earlier, were made to feel the hand of retribution.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
I need hardly say that neither Eric nor his friends took any part in this retributive act.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
Seward expressed an opinion that there was nothing in the action of the brother and sister deserving such severe retribution.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
Retribution inevitably overtakes transgressors.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The blunder met with terrible retribution.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Men call the circumstance the retribution.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
But in this life virtue does not always bear its own reward nor is evil always followed by retribution.
"Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"" by John T. Slattery

In poetry:

From 'neath the lash they shall extend
Their bleeding, trembling hand to God,
And He will to their rescue send
Stern retribution's chastening rod.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Their blood and tears are treasured up
Where all their sighs and groans are stored,
And will, from retribution's cup,
Upon this guilty land be poured.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Pale, silent, stern, what could I say to that long-accrued
Could I wish humanity different?
Could I wish the people made of wood and stone?
"France, The 18th Year Of These States" by Walt Whitman
Who, to the only God, due homage paid,
That did not retribution full receive?
Who e'er his glory and his pow'r display'd,
To whom he did not wealth and honour give?
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
Whom calls the minstrel's Father-land?
She calls on heaven with wild alarm--
With desperation's thunder-storm--
On Liberty to bare her arm,
On Retribution's vengeful hand:
On these she calls--my Father-land.
"My Father-Land" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
O God, in the dream the terrible horse began
To paw at the air, and make for me with his blows,
Fear kept for thirty-five years poured through his mane,
And retribution equally old, or nearly, breathed through his nose.
"The Dream" by Louise Bogan

In news:

Prominent human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng says the conviction of his nephew in China was retribution for Chen's escape from house arrest and move to the United States.
Prominent human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng told CNN his nephew 's conviction in China was retribution for Chen's escape.
'Resident Evil: Retribution' sinks 3-D version of 'Finding Nemo'.
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution movie trailer.
Recent news and coverage of Retribution .
'Resident Evil: Retribution ' Holds Off Til Schweiger's 'Guardians' at German Box Office.
Massacre & Retribution : The 1779-80 Sullivan Expedition.
Official 'Resident Evil: Retribution ' Trailer.
Mets Owners Sued in Madoff Retribution Campaign.
Retribution Written and directed by Paul W.S.
Buffs get retribution , beat Baylor.
NYUprising's Ed Koch said " retribution day" had arrived for the 42 lawmakers who signed a pledge to support independent redistricting but have subsequently backed off on that promise.
Truth is that retribution is rugby's dying art.
Small-town publisher says sex charges are retribution .
'Resident Evil: Retribution ' proves that for some, there's no getting too much of a bad thing.

In science:

If a white flag of truce was offered, it was a futile act because gravity’s retribution was tremendous.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
In his book “The Cement of Society”, Jon Elster discusses consumption norms, norms against behavior ‘contrary to nature’, norms regulating the use of money, norms of reciprocity, medical ethics, codes of honor, norms of retribution, work norms, norms of cooperation, and norms of distribution.
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach