Even though Perry was nervous to testify in court for fear of retribution from the defendant, he didn't have a choice because he was subpoenaed.
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 retribūtiō retribūtiōn- from Latin retribūtus 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").