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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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No Fish, Two Tories" expressed a grim retributory satisfaction: Bad decisions had led to tragic results, but a political price had been paid.
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.
Punishment is defined in terms of deterrence or retribution, and so the caveat may just restate the requirement of congruence: the deterrent and retributory effect must not be widely disproportionate to the stated regulatory aim.
In regard to human rights violations, two schools of thought should be studied critically for future stability--the retributory and the conciliatory.
12) In stark opposition to a retributory penal philosophy, the rehabilitation model fashions appropriate punishment by focusing on the offender rather than on the offense: The rehabilitation philosophy "is part of a humanistic tradition which, in pressing for ever more individualization of justice, has demanded that we treat the criminal, not the crime.