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retaliate (v.)

"requite, repay, or return in kind," 1610s, from Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare "pay back in kind," from re- "back" (see re-) + Latin talio "exaction of payment in kind," from or influenced by talis "suchlike" (see that). Originally of kindness, civility, etc., but by 1630s of injury, ill-treatment, etc. (now the usual sense). Intransitive sense is from 1650s. Related: Retaliated; retaliating.

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Definitions of retaliate from WordNet

retaliate (v.)
take revenge for a perceived wrong;
Synonyms: revenge / avenge
retaliate (v.)
make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil;
The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing
Synonyms: strike back
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