Meaning of “retribution” in the English Dictionary

"retribution" in British English

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retributionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌret.rɪˈbjuː.ʃən/ us /ˌret.rəˈbjuː.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.
adjective [ before noun ] uk /rɪˈtrɪb.jə.tɪv/ us /rɪˈtrɪb.jə.t̬ɪv/

retributive action/justice

(Definition of “retribution” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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retributionnoun [ U ]

us /ˌre·trəˈbju·ʃən/ fml

deserved punishment:

He was seeking retribution for the crime committed against him.

(Definition of “retribution” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)