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retributionnoun [U]

uk   us   /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.
retributive
adjective [before noun] uk   /rɪˈtrɪb.jʊ.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
retributive action/justice
Translations of “retribution”
in Vietnamese sự trừng phạt…
in Spanish justo castigo…
in Thai ผลกรรมสนอง…
in Malaysian pembalasan…
in French châtiment…
in German die Vergeltung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴懲, 應得的懲罰, 報應…
in Indonesian hukuman…
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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