Retaliate is defined as to respond to a wrong by returning the wrong with an equally wrong action.(verb)
An example of to retaliate is for a person to punch someone who has hit him.
See retaliate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < LL retaliatus, pp. of retaliare, to require, retaliate < L re-, back + talio, punishment in kind, akin to Welsh tāl, compensation
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verb re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing, re·tal·i·ates verb, intransitive
Origin: Late Latin retāliāre, retāliāt-
Origin: : Latin re-, re-
Origin: + Latin tāliō, punishment in kind; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
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