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1. Punishment administered in return for a wrong committed.
2. Theology Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one.

[Middle English retribucion, repayment, reward, from Old French retribution, from Late Latin retribūtiō, retribūtiōn-, from Latin retribūtus, past participle of retribuere, to pay back : re-, re- + tribuere, to grant; see tribe.]

re·trib′u·tive (rĭ-trĭb′yə-tĭv), re·trib′u·to·ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
re·trib′u·tive·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.retributory - of or relating to or having the nature of retribution; "retributive justice demands an eye for an eye"
punitive, punitory - inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"
2.retributory - given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts; "retributive justice"
just - used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward"; "his just inheritance"
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After drifting through rooms replete with images of rumpled bed linen, one could almost hear the approach of retributory tumbrils.
He gets beaten up, his camels are stolen and his own anger turns into an Othello-like retributory rage.
Whereas some retribution is unavoidably sacrificed by pardoning the administrative and/or criminal actions of the whistleblower, part of the retributory "payback effect" is safeguarded with the preservation of reparatory justice through civil litigation.
Indeed, the classical retributory justice that favours punishment through prison conflicts with a system that is aimed to use criminal accountability as an opportunity to demand from the perpetrator actual acts of reparation to the victims.
Rather, the trope was reinvigorated generation after generation as a response to initially diminished and then diasporic living conditions that Jews of a retributory bent blamed themselves for and symbolized through defiled femininity.
What the world needs is a book to help nations transition out of the hateful, retributory habits of war / repression / conflict and embrace the options of forgiveness and peace.