Retaliate definition

rĭ-tălē-āt
To do something in response to an action done to oneself or an associate, especially to attack or injure someone as a response to a hurtful action.
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To pay back (an injury) in kind.
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Retaliate is defined as to respond to a wrong by returning the wrong with an equally wrong action.

An example of to retaliate is for a person to punch someone who has hit him.

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To repay or requite by an act of the same kind.
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To return like for like; esp., to return evil for evil; pay back injury for injury.
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(intransitive) To do something harmful or negative to get revenge for some harm; to fight back or respond in kind to an injury or affront.

John insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.

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To return an injury, wrong, etc. for (an injury, wrong, etc. given); requite in kind.
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Origin of retaliate

  • Late Latin retāliāre retāliāt- Latin re- re- Latin tāliō punishment in kind telə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare (“to requite, retaliate"), from re (“back, again") + talis (“such").

    From Wiktionary