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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.]


avenge, vindicate, attack, revenge, strike back, forgiveness, visit, requite, hit back.

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