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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: , past participle of retaliare, from talio 'suitable punishment'

retaliate

verb
     
re‧tal‧i‧ate [intransitive]
to do something bad to someone because they have done something bad to you [↪ hit back]
retaliate by doing something
The British government retaliated by breaking off diplomatic relations.
retaliate against
The army began to retaliate against the civilian population.

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