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retaliation

noun
     
re‧tal‧i‧a‧tion [uncountable]
action against someone who has done something bad to you [↪ revenge]
in retaliation (for something)
This action was undoubtedly in retaliation for last week's bomb attack.
retaliation against
the threat of massive retaliation against British troops

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