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Synonyms for retaliate
rɪˈtæl iˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

    Synonyms:
    strike back, revenge, avenge

  2. retaliate, strike back(verb)

    make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

    "The Empire strikes back"; "The Giants struck back and won the opener"; "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"

    Synonyms:
    avenge, strike back, revenge

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. retaliate

    Avenge and revenge, once close synonyms, are now far apart in meaning. To avenge is to visit some offense with punishment, in order to vindicate the righteous, or to uphold and illustrate the right by the suffering or destruction of the wicked. "And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian," Acts vii, 24. To revenge is to inflict harm or suffering upon another through personal anger and resentment at something done to ourselves. Avenge is unselfish; revenge is selfish. Revenge, according to present usage, could not be said of God. To retaliate may be necessary for self-defense, without the idea of revenge. Compare REVENGE.

    Synonyms:
    avenge, punish, revenge, vindicate, visit

    Preposition:
    Avenge on or upon (rarely, avenge oneself of) a wrong-doer.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. retaliate

    Synonyms:
    avenge, retort, repay, requite

    Antonyms:
    pardon, condone, forgive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. retaliate(v)

    Synonyms:
    avenge, requite, repay

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "retaliate":

    revenge, reprisal

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How to use retaliate in a sentence?

  1. Katherine Mitchell:

    The culture of retaliation continues, at this point in the VA, you risk your job, you risk your reputation if you speak up for patient care problems. You do not risk your job if you retaliate against someone. And it should be just the reverse.

  2. Niroshan Perera:

    I have a feeling in my heart that we should go after the Muslims, that we should retaliate.

  3. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    We will retaliate against every step (by the YPG), the YPG will immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again.

  4. Jennifer Farber Dulos:

    I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him, i know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    It is not possible that this decision, or my recommendation, rather, to the President, rather, was based on any effort to retaliate for any investigation that was going on, or is currently going on, because I simply don't know. I'm not briefed on it. I usually see these investigations in final draft form 24 hours, 48 hours, before the IG is prepared to release them.

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