Definition of 'retribution'

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The fear of retribution from their leaders if they do not obey must be terrifying. The Sun (2017)The answer is that many doomed pilots feared retribution if they lost multimillion-dollar jets. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Workers are unwilling to point out problems, fearing retribution from seniors who do not wish to rock the boat. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is sometimes considered a divine retribution for past sins. Times, Sunday Times (2007)What about journalists and whistleblowers supposedly quaking in fear over possible retribution? Times, Sunday Times (2016)They rail at it and seek angry retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They are still in fear of retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Only in rare cases did the committee seek retribution. Jenkins, Roy Truman (1986)Some heads have admitted that they are afraid to use their powers for fear of retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Most victims do not seek retribution but accountability and punishment. Times, Sunday Times (2006)His hunger overcame his fear of retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He will not be seeking to exact retribution on errant players with a mistimed tackle. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He cannot be identified for fear of retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2009)As well as being a deterrent it is retribution for crimes that we as a society find abhorrent. Times, Sunday Times (2011)People are far less afraid of the fines to be paid for extra births and of official retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It conjures so eloquently the pain, vengeance and retribution that war brings. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At worst, some want retribution more than resolution. Christianity Today (2000)With amnesty there is no recrimination, punishment or retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A veiled woman whose brother had been badly injured wailed for divine retribution. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Economic performance should be assessed objectively, without all the talk of sin and retribution so popular at present. Times, Sunday Times (2009)In context the fire may be understood as punishment, retribution on those who take credit that is not their due. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Could this be divine retribution? The Sun (2015)Imperial conquest, here, was represented as just retribution for egregious sin. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)It isn't some kind of religion in which you have divine retribution, with bankers now on the receiving end. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But this would give them the right to say what the book was about: presumably sin and retribution, which sounded a bit obvious. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)


Synonyms of 'retribution'

punishment, retaliation, reprisal, redress

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Translations for 'retribution'

British English: retribution NOUN
Retribution is punishment for a crime, especially punishment which is carried out by someone other than the official authorities.
He didn't want any further involvement for fear of retribution.


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