Definition of Retribution

1. Noun. A justly deserved penalty.

Exact synonyms: Requital
Generic synonyms: Penalty



2. Noun. The act of correcting for your wrongdoing.
Generic synonyms: Correction, Rectification

3. Noun. The act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life. "The swiftness of divine retribution"
Exact synonyms: Payback, Vengeance
Generic synonyms: Retaliation, Revenge
Derivative terms: Pay Back

Definition of Retribution

1. n. The act of retributing; repayment.

Definition of Retribution

1. Noun. Punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retribution

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Retribution

retrench
retrenched
retrenches
retrenching
retrenchment
retrenchments
retriable
retrial
retrials
retribute
retributed
retributer
retributers
retributes
retributing
retribution (current term)
retributionist
retributionists
retributions
retributive
retributively
retributivism
retributivist
retributivists
retributory
retried
retries
retrievability
retrievable
retrieval

Literary usage of Retribution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Advocate of Peace by American Peace Society (1857)
"DIVINE retribution. WHO has read the histories of the manner in which England acquired her India possessions, and has not thought of a debt of divine ..."

2. A History of Continental Criminal Law by Ludwig von Bar (1916)
"retribution is contemplated and demanded as an aesthetic judgment. As law is only the means to eliminate the aesthetically offensive conflict of numerous ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"With Alexandrian Judaism, on the contrary, with that at least of which Philo is the exponent, the dominant idea was that of an immediate retribution after ..."

4. The Christian View of God and the World as Centring in the Incarnation by James Orr (1893)
"Mr. Greg also has his doctrine of future retribution. ... with it dreadful retribution to the wicked, the selfish, and the weak ? ..."

5. The System of the Vedânta: According to Bâdarâyaṇa's Brahma-sûtras and by Paul Deussen (1912)
"That all works cannot receive retribution at once, may be readily seen from the fact that, in the following birth, all accumulat i works do not always work ..."

6. The Christian Examiner (1846)
"—retribution. This, we have reason to believe, is a universal law of God's moral ... We shall experience there an exact and righteous retribution of our ..."

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