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retribution

noun amends, atonement, compensation, counterstroke, desert, due, justice, measure for measure, nemesis, payment, penalty, poena, punishment, punitive action, reciprocation, reparation, repayment, reprisal, requital, requitement, retributive justice, return, revenge, reward, vengeance, vengefulness, vindictiveness
See also: condemnation, conviction, correction, discipline, finding of guilt, justice, punishment, relief, reprisal, revenge, vengeance

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 punishments.

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On the great day of retribution, what thousands, what millions of the American race will appear at the bar of judgment to arraign their European invading conquerors
Still all was quiescent; no marshalling of forces, no saddling of steeds and dashing off in pursuit, no talk of retribution for their repeated outrages.
If there had been a possibility of making Adam tenfold amends--if deeds of gift, or any other deeds, could have restored Adam's contentment and regard for him as a benefactor, Arthur would not only have executed them without hesitation, but would have felt bound all the more closely to Adam, and would never have been weary of making retribution.
She shall have all the retribution in my power to make; if she value her own happiness as much as I do, if she judge wisely, and command herself as she ought, she may now be easy.
One may, indeed, admit the possibility of a retribution lurking in the present catastrophe.
There is not an atom of Tom's slime, not a cubic inch of any pestilential gas in which he lives, not one obscenity or degradation about him, not an ignorance, not a wickedness, not a brutality of his committing, but shall work its retribution through every order of society up to the proudest of the proud and to the highest of the high.
It would be a stern and awful retribution, Phaidor; but a just one.
And such retribution as that unconquered army would deal out to the hateful Okarians
She realized the stern retribution which justice metes to the murderer.
What evil can there be in it if unfortunate people, our serfs, people like ourselves, were growing up and dying with no idea of God and truth beyond ceremonies and meaningless prayers and are now instructed in a comforting belief in future life, retribution, recompense, and consolation?
The act in itself was a direct violation of orders and, in the eyes of the other members of the crew, the effect, which came with startling suddenness, took the form of a swift and terrible retribution.