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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
Translations of “retribution”
in Spanish justo castigo…
in French châtiment…
in German die Vergeltung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴懲, 應得的懲罰, 報應…
in Russian возмездие, кара…
in Turkish ahlakî hataya verilen ceza, cezalandırma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严惩, 应得的惩罚, 报应…
in Polish kara…
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