from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something justly deserved; recompense.
- n. Something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment.
- n. Theology Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of retributing; repayment.
- n. That which is given in repayment or compensation; return suitable to the merits or deserts of, as an action; commonly, condign punishment for evil or wrong.
- n. Specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the general judgment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of retributing or paying back for past good or evil; hence, that which is given in return; requital according to merits or deserts, in present use generally restricted to the requital of evil, or punishment; retaliation.
- n. In theology, the distribution of rewards and punishments in a future life.
- n. simply a continuance of the present (continuance theory);
- n. a life of gradual development by means of discipline (purgatory), or future redemptive influences (future probation).
- n. Synonyms Vengeance, Retaliation, etc. (see revenge), repayment, payment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
- n. a justly deserved penalty
- n. the act of correcting for your wrongdoing
Middle English retribucion, from Old French retribution, from Latin retribūtiō, retribūtiōn-, from retribūtus, past participle of retribuere, to pay back : re-, re- + tribuere, to grant; see tribe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from retribuere ("assign again"). (Wiktionary)