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Synonyms for retaliate
rɪˈtæl iˌeɪtre·tal·i·ate

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliateverb

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

    Synonyms:
    strike back, revenge, avenge

  2. retaliate, strike backverb

    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

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  1. retaliateverb

    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. Matt Watson:

    Investors have been getting a little less bullish over the last week or so, and if China does decide to retaliate with tariffs, that's when sentiment can take a dive.

  2. Ron Johnson:

    I am concerned that ICE is attempting to identify and retaliate against whistleblowers who revealed a lack of cooperation between USCIS and ICE in the aftermath of the terror attacks in San Bernardino, those who have the courage to come forward should not be retaliated against.

  3. Andrea Gross:

    I feel like it is unfortunate that when you are speaking out and you are trying to say your truth, unfortunately, there are people who want to retaliate against you. In this case, they retaliated against our children, who are innocent.

  4. John Driscoll:

    The Chinese have to do the tit-for-tat, they have to retaliate.

  5. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu:

    If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate, what needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this.


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