V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: payback for a hurtful act

Synonyms: revenge, payback


Tips: To retaliate means "to deliberately hurt or do something harmful to someone because they have done something harmful to you first." The act of retaliating is known as retaliation. The related adjective is retaliatory and describes acts of retaliation. Retaliation is often used with the words "in" and "for"--something is done "in retaliation for something."

Usage Examples:

The gang shooting was in retaliation for the rival's gang's shooting the week before; all of it, senseless violence. (revenge, payback)

He felt that seeking retaliation was beneath him and opted to forgive instead. (revenge)

I didn't want to retaliate against my neighbor's rudeness because I was afraid to make the situation even worse. (get revenge for) verb

If you feel wronged, it's best to cool off before thinking of ways to retaliate. (seek revenge) verb

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