[syn: vengeance, retribution, payback]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Retribution \Ret`ri*bu"tion\, n. [L. retributio: cf. F.
1. The act of retributing; repayment.
In good offices and due retributions, we may not be
pinching and niggardly. --Bp. Hall.
2. 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. --Milton.
3. Specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the
It is a strong argument for a state of retribution
hereafter, that in this world virtuous persons are
very often unfortunate, and vicious persons
Syn: Repayment; requital; recompense; payment; retaliation.
[1913 Webster] Retributive
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a justly deserved penalty [syn: retribution, requital]
2: the act of correcting for your wrongdoing
3: the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for
something harmful that they have done) especially in the next
life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--
Romans 12:19; "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" [syn: vengeance, retribution,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
78 Moby Thesaurus words for "retribution":
affliction, amends, atonement, avengement, avenging, blood money,
castigation, chastening, chastisement, comeuppance, compensation,
condign punishment, consideration, correction, counterblow,
damages, desert, deserts, disciplinary measures, discipline,
ferule, guerdon, honorarium, indemnification, indemnity,
infliction, judgment, judicial punishment, just deserts, justice,
making good, meed, nemesis, pains, pains and punishments, pay,
paying back, payment, penal retribution, penalty, penology, price,
punishment, punition, quid pro quo, quittance, recompense, redress,
refund, reimbursement, remuneration, reparation, repayment,
reprisal, requital, requitement, restitution, retaliation,
retributive justice, return, revanche, revenge, reward, salvage,
satisfaction, scourge, smart money, solatium, squaring, trial,
tribulation, vengeance, visitation, well-deserved punishment,
wergild, what is due, what is merited, what-for
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
RETRIBUTION. 1. That which is given to another to recompense him for what
has been received from him; as a rent for the hire of a house. 2. A salary
paid to a person for his services. 3. The distribution of rewards and
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
RETRIBUTION, n. A rain of fire-and-brimstone that falls alike upon
the just and such of the unjust as have not procured shelter by
In the lines following, addressed to an Emperor in exile by Father
Gassalasca Jape, the reverend poet appears to hint his sense of the
improduence of turning about to face Retribution when it is talking
What, what! Dom Pedro, you desire to go
Back to Brazil to end your days in quiet?
Why, what assurance have you 'twould be so?
'Tis not so long since you were in a riot,
And your dear subjects showed a will to fly at
Your throat and shake you like a rat. You know
That empires are ungrateful; are you certain
Republics are less handy to get hurt in?