Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 718. Retaliation.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section IV. Antagonism
2. Active Antagonism
718. Retaliation.
NOUN:RETALIATION, reprisal, talion [rare], retort; counter-stroke, counterblast, counterplot, counterproject; retribution, lex talionis [L.]; reciprocation (reciprocity) [See Correlation].
  REQUITAL, desert; tit for tat, give and take, blow for blow, quid pro quo [L.], a Roland for an Oliver, measure for measure, diamond cut diamond, an eye for an eye, boomerang, the biter bit, a game at which two can play; reproof valiant, retort courteous.
  recrimination (accusation) [See Accusation]; revenge [See Revenge]; compensation [See Compensation]; reaction (recoil) [See Recoil].
VERB:RETALIATE, retort, turn upon; pay, pay off, pay back; pay in -one’s own, - the same- coin; cap, match; reciprocate [See Interchange]; turn the tables upon, return the compliment; give a quid pro quo &c. n., give as much as one takes; give as good as was sent; exchange blows; give and take, exchange fisticuffs; be quits, be even with; pay off old scores.
  serve one right, be hoist on one’s own petard, throw a stone in one’s own garden, catch a Tartar.
ADJECTIVE:RETALIATING &c. v.; retaliatory, retaliative, retributive, recriminatory, reciprocal; talionic [rare].
ADVERB:IN RETALIATION; en revanche [F.].
  1. Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur.—Horace
  2. Par pari refero.—Terence
  3. Tu quoque.
  4. You’re another.
  5. Suo sibi gladio hunc jugulo.
  6. À beau jeu beau retour.
  7. Litem lite resolvere.—adapted from Horace
  8. Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.



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