Definition of retaliate :
1. To return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy.
2. To return the like for; to repay or requite by an act of the same kind; to return evil for ( evil). [ Now seldom used except in a bad sense.]
atone (part of speech: verb)
revenge (part of speech: verb)
retaliate (part of speech: verb)
- As the mortification of an hour ago surged back upon him, he added to the fear of telling his mother a resentment that would retaliate by secrecy. - "The Iron Woman", Margaret Deland.
- He presented to me too good an opportunity to retaliate for me to let it pass. - "The Paternoster Ruby", Charles Edmonds Walk.
- Mrs. Catron's woman's impulse to retaliate sharply overcame her first natural indignation at her visitor's impudence. - "Drift from Two Shores", Bret Harte.