retaliative


retaliative

verb (used without object), re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing.

  1. to return like for like, especially evil for evil: to retaliate for an injury.

verb (used with object), re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing.

  1. to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.

verb

  1. (intr) to take retributory action, esp by returning some injury or wrong in kind
  2. (intr) to cast (accustations) back upon a person
  3. (tr) rare to avenge (an injury, wrong, etc)
v.

1610s, from Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare “requite, retaliate” (see retaliation). Related: Retaliated; retaliating.

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