• WordNet 3.6
    • n retribution the act of correcting for your wrongdoing
    • n retribution the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19 "Vengeance is mine","For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield","he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him","the swiftness of divine retribution"
    • n retribution a justly deserved penalty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 90% believe in divine retribution.
    • Retribution Specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the general judgment. "It is a strong argument for a state of retribution hereafter, that in this world virtuous persons are very often unfortunate, and vicious persons prosperous."
    • Retribution That which is given in repayment or compensation; return suitable to the merits or deserts of, as an action; commonly, condign punishment for evil or wrong. "All who have their reward on earth, . . . Naught seeking but the praise of men, here find
      Fit retribution , empty as their deeds."
    • Retribution The act of retributing; repayment. "In good offices and due retributions , we may not be pinching and niggardly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n retribution The act of retributing or paying back for past good or evil; hence, that which is given in return; requital according to merits or deserts, in present use generally restricted to the requital of evil, or punishment; retaliation.
    • n retribution In theology, the distribution of rewards and punishments in a future life.
    • n retribution simply a continuance of the present (continuance theory);
    • n retribution a life of gradual development by means of discipline (purgatory), or future redemptive influences (future probation).
    • n retribution Synonyms Vengeance, Retaliation, etc. (see revenge), repayment, payment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Retribution repayment: suitable return: reward or punishment: retaliation
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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. retributio,: cf. F. rétribution,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. retributioretribuĕre, to give back—re-, back, tribuĕre, to give.


In literature:

The nation which he sold and plundered saw him make with his own hand the fearful retribution.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) Old Portraits, Modern Sketches, Personal Sketches and Tributes, Historical Papers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The nation which he sold and plundered saw him make with his own hand the fearful retribution.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thine eye, O Lord, is piercing and retributive.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
He decided on prompt retribution, and seized his stick in a firmer grasp.
"The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It is a just retribution to me to find the place so empty and forlorn.
"Maezli" by Johanna Spyri
Vice should surfer its meed of retribution, and Virtue come again into its glorious own.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
But even he could not escape a retribution, in spite of his exalted position and his great services.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
He ascribes the very invasion of the French to the justice of retribution.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
Then came the bloody hand of what was impiously termed retributive justice.
"An Englishman's Travels in America" by John Benwell
The first outburst of the retributive storm fell upon the head of Shadwell.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, August, 1858" by Various

In poetry:

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
So plentiful a meal at least demands
Some grateful retribution at our hands,
Though such a favour we deserve no more
Than many, who now beg from door to door.
"Another Grace, After Meat" by Rees Prichard
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
By her care I'm alive now—but what retribution
Can I for a life twice bestowed thus confer?
Were I to be silent, each year's revolution
Proclaims—each new birthday is owing to her.
"My Birthday" by Charles Lamb
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:

The 28-year-old Jersey City man gunned down on a city playground last June was killed in retribution for a fight the murderer had with another man the day before, officials said today.
Teachers union leaders call move ' blatant political retribution'.
Retribution panel at COMIC-CON 2012.
'Resident Evil: Retribution' coasts toward the finish line.
TAMPA BAY 25, BALTIMORE 0: With retribution for Sept 8 in mind, the defense delivers a shutout, giving Jon Gruden his first win as a Buccaneer.
The "Price tag" is the retribution some Israeli settlers say they will exact for any attempt by their government to curb settlement in the territory, which Palestinians want as part of a future state.
It has been almost eight (8) months and the Ravens were due retribution.
Retribution Gospel Choir record session for The Current.
To exact retribution on the university's football program.
It drops too many things in your lap, leaving you to ask what horrible karmic retribution awaits in exchange for such luck.
Razorbacks Seek Little Rock Retribution .
Retribution 'inevitable' for Moscow airport bomb.
The politics of retribution .
Don't let all the product placement fool you, this is actually the first teaser trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution .
Milla Jovovich gets ready to kill zombies in Resident Evil: Retribution .

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