The action of returning a military attack; counterattack.; The action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; revenge.
‘the bombings are believed to be in retaliation for the trial of 15 suspects’
‘Another $300 m will go to Libyan victims of US air strikes ordered in retaliation for the disco bombing, which killed two American soldiers.’
‘He also pointed out the likelihood of potential retaliation by terrorist groups in the face of US air strikes in Afghanistan.’
‘During the Cold War, NATO’s strongest deterrent against Soviet aggression was the threat of nuclear retaliation.’
‘Retaliation could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation that would be difficult to halt short of general war.’
‘The security personnel then resorted to aerial firing to scare away the rioters, which prompted the Taliban militia to fire back in retaliation.’
возмездие, репрессалия, воздаяние, отплата