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[ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n] /rɪˌtæl iˈeɪ ʃən/

the act of ; return of like for like; reprisal.

1580s, noun of action from Late Latin 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 used both in good and evil senses.


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