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retribution

noun [U] uk   /ˌret.rɪˈbjuː.ʃən/ formal us  
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.
retributive
adjective [before noun] uk   /rɪˈtrɪb.jʊ.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/
retributive action/justice
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