An example of retribution is when someone gets the death penalty for committing murder.
- Archaic suitable repayment for one's actions; requital
- punishment for evil done
Origin of retributionMiddle English retribucioun ; from Old French retribution ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin retributio ; from Classical Latin retributus, past participle of retribuere, to repay ; from re-, back + tribuere, to pay: see tribute
- Punishment administered in return for a wrong committed.
- Theology Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one.
Origin of retributionMiddle English retribucion, repayment, reward, from Old French retribution, from Late Latin retrib&umacron;ti&omacron;, retrib&umacron;ti&omacron;n-, from Latin retrib&umacron;tus, past participle of retribuere, to pay back : re-, re- + tribuere, to grant; see tribe.
- re·trib′u·tive , re·trib′u·to·ry
- Punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance.
- 1. Revenge is for an injury; retribution is for a wrong.
- 2. Retribution sets an internal limit to the amount of the punishment according to the seriousness of the wrong; revenge need not.
- 3. Revenge is personal; the agent of retribution need have no special or personal tie to the victim of the wrong for which he exacts retribution.
- 4. Revenge involves a particular emotional tone, pleasure in the suffering of another, while retribution need involve no emotional tone.
Latin, from retribuere (“assign again").