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Retribution


RETRIBU'TION, noun

1. Repayment; return accommodated to the action; reward; compensation.

In good offices and due retributions, we may not be pinching and niggardly.

2. A gratuity or present given for services in the place of a salary.

3. The distribution of rewards and punishments at the general judgment.

It is a strong argument for a state of retribution hereafter, that in this world virtuous persons are very often unfortunate, and vicious persons prosperous.