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v. re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing, re·tal·i·ates
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.
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.
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Noun1.retaliator - someone who takes vengeanceretaliator - someone who takes vengeance    
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
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This debriefing should encourage the potential retaliator not to act out of anger or personal feelings when carrying out managerial duties against the employee who engaged in protected activity.
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If a nation that is a victim of international terrorism carries out retaliatory measures in the nation where the terrorists are based the retaliator will derive benefits and other nations that are potential victims will derive benefits from the unilateral action of the retaliating nation because the threat to all nations will be attenuated.
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