retal

(redirected from retaliation)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
AcronymDefinition
retalretaliation
RETALReview of Education and Training of Army Leaders (US Army)
References in classic literature ?
He arose from the blow, adjusted his clothes, and made no attempt at retaliation at all -- merely muttering a few words about "taking summary vengeance at the first convenient opportunity," -- a natural and very justifiable ebullition of anger, which meant nothing, however, and, beyond doubt, was no sooner given vent to than forgotten.
But her reminder that they were in his wife's carriage provoked him to an impulse of retaliation.
Her retaliation was the most singular I could have imagined.
The girl's flight enraged Fulbert, and he longed for vengeance, but feared to strike lest retaliation visit Heloise--for he still loved her tenderly.
The latter was unwilling to yield to threats, but his friend dissuaded him from any idea of violent retaliation.
In retaliation he turned out, shot six niggers, smashed up their war canoes and burned two villages.
Persecuted, maligned, and misunderstood, the forlorn and lonely man made no attempt at retaliation.
All this was a spur to her, pricking her to retaliation.
Sly little puss, to make fun of us behind our backs," said Fan, rather nettled by Polly's quiet retaliation for many slights from herself and friends.
I was about to reply when the Adversary of Peace again intervened in my affairs with a rascally suggestion of retaliation.
In retaliation, the survivors meted out to Donnelly the death he had earned by his treason.
And now, to be defied and spurned, to be held up to her in the worst and most repulsive colours, to know that she was taught to hate and despise him: to feel that there was infection in his touch, and taint in his companionship--to know all this, and to know that the mover of it all was that same boyish poor relation who had twitted him in their very first interview, and openly bearded and braved him since, wrought his quiet and stealthy malignity to such a pitch, that there was scarcely anything he would not have hazarded to gratify it, if he could have seen his way to some immediate retaliation.