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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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We feel defrauded of the retribution due to evil acts, because the criminal adheres to his vice and contumacy and does not come to a crisis or judgment anywhere in visible nature.
"It would be a stern and awful retribution, Phaidor; but a just one."
Providence or some other prince of this world, it appears, has undertaken the task of retribution for us; and really, by an agreeable constitution of things, our enemies somehow don't prosper.
Exorbitant duties on imported articles would beget a general spirit of smuggling; which is always prejudicial to the fair trader, and eventually to the revenue itself: they tend to render other classes of the community tributary, in an improper degree, to the manufacturing classes, to whom they give a premature monopoly of the markets; they sometimes force industry out of its more natural channels into others in which it flows with less advantage; and in the last place, they oppress the merchant, who is often obliged to pay them himself without any retribution from the consumer.
The woman wore a cleft stick on her tongue, in appropriate retribution for having wagged that unruly member against the elders of the church; and her countenance and gestures gave much cause to apprehend that, the moment the stick should be removed, a repetition of the offence would demand new ingenuity in chastising it.