retaliator


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re·tal·i·ate

 (rĭ-tăl′ē-āt′)
v. re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing, re·tal·i·ates
v.intr.
To do something in response to an action done to oneself or an associate, especially to attack or injure someone as a response to a hurtful action.
v.tr.
To pay back (an injury) in kind.

[Late Latin retāliāre, retāliāt- : Latin re-, re- + Latin tāliō, punishment in kind; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

re·tal′i·a′tion n.
re·tal′i·a′tive, re·tal′i·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
re·tal′i·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retaliator - someone who takes vengeanceretaliator - someone who takes vengeance    
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
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