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Retaliation


RETALIA'TION, noun

1. The return of like for like; the doing that to another which he has done to us; requital of evil.

2. In a good sense, return of good for good.

God takes what is done to others as done to himself, and by promise obliges himself to full retaliation

[This, according to modern usage, is harsh.]