Retribution is defined as something done to get back at someone or the act of punishing someone for their actions.(noun)
An example of retribution is when someone gets the death penalty for committing murder.
See retribution in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME retribucioun < OFr retribution < LL(Ec) retributio < L retributus, pp. of retribuere, to repay < re-, back + tribuere, to pay: see tribute
See retribution in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English retribucion
Origin: , from Old French retribution
Origin: , from Latin retribūtiō, retribūtiōn-
Origin: , from retribūtus
Origin: , past participle of retribuere, to pay back
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + tribuere, to grant; see tribe.
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