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retribution

noun [U]     /ˌret.rɪˈbjuː.ʃən/ formal
deserved and severe punishment : They fled because they feared retribution for the genocide . She was asked whether a civilian government should seek retribution against military officers involved in human rights abuses . Many saw her death as divine retribution (= punishment by God ) for her crimes .Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating retributive     /rɪˈtrɪb.jʊ.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/ adjective [before noun] retributive action / justice Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
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