(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. &v. See retaliation.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of returning an injury]
Syn. vengeance, requital, reprisal, getting even, measure for measure, an eye for an eye, blow for blow, tit for tat, repayment, return of evil for evil, counterattack, sortie, counterinsurgency, retaliation, retribution, avenging, paying back, settling accounts; see also attack 1 .
Ant. pardon*, forgiveness, excusing.
2. [The deSire to obtain revenge]
Syn. vindictiveness, rancor, implacability, ruthlessness, malevolence, vengefulness, spitefulness, ill-will, animus, vendetta; see also hate , malice .
Syn. avenge, retaliate, vindicate, requite, get even with, take revenge, have one's revenge, breathe vengeance, wreak one's vengeance, exact retribution, pay back, pay off, make reprisal, punish, repay, repay in kind, return like for like, return blow for blow, give tit for tat, reciprocate, settle accounts, square accounts, settle up, pay back in one's own coin, take an eye for an eye, turn the tables on, get back at, fight back, be out for blood, give an exchange, give and take, give someone their just deserts, get satisfaction, even the score, get*, fix*, give someone their comeuppance*, pay off old scores*, settle a score*, return the compliment*, pay back in spades*, fix one's wagon*, give a taste of one's own medicine*, give as good as one gets*.
Ant. forgive*, condone, pardon.
Syn.- revenge implies the infliction of punishment as an act of retaliation, usually for an injury against oneself, and connotes personal malice, bitter resentment, or vindictive spirit as the moving force; avenge implies the infliction of deserved or just punishment for wrongs or oppression
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
vengeance, retaliation, retribution, talion, *eye for an eye, reprisal, vindication, requital, *payback, *tit for tat, avenging, *getting even, countering, measure for measure. ''That recoil of Nature.''—Ralph Waldo Emerson. ''Nothing which we don't invite.''—Ralph Waldo Emerson.
retaliate, take vengeance, avenge, *even the score, *take an eye for an eye, give measure for measure, repay, reciprocate, vindicate, settle accounts, get back at.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act of retaliating: counteraction, counterattack, counterblow, reciprocation, reprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, tit for tat, vengeance. Idioms: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, like for like, measure for measure. See ATTACK, FORGIVENESS. 2. The quality or condition of being vindictive: spite, spitefulness, vengefulness, vindictiveness. See FORGIVENESS.

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