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retaliate

verb [I]  /rɪˈtæl·iˌeɪt/ us  
to hurt someone or do something harmful to someone because that person has done or said something harmful to you: His first instinct was to retaliate against the attacks.
retaliation
noun [U]  /rɪˌtæl·iˈeɪ·ʃən/ us  
She said she was fired in retaliation for her reports of illegal business practices earlier this year.
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