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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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In some cases, killing militant leaders may do more harm than good by further inflaming an already tense situation and causing retributory attacks.
With us are no retributory superstitions, by which a foundation of charity compensates, through ages, to the poor, for the rapine and injustice of a day.
With us are no retributory superstitions, by which a foundation of charity compensates, through the ages, to the poor, for the rapine and injustice of a day.