retaliate has definitions from the field of military
1
[ verb ] take revenge for a perceived wrong

Synonyms

avenge revenge

Examples

"He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

Used in print

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

And so it was over the weekend what with 40 - year old Warren_Spahn pitching his no-hit masterpiece against the Giants and the Giants ' Willie_Mays retaliating with a record tying 4 - homer spree Sunday .

Related terms

punish get_even retaliation

2
[ verb ] (military) make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

Synonyms

strike_back

Examples

"The Empire strikes back" "The Giants struck back and won the opener" "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"

Used in print

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

Well , the odious little toad went_along chivying animals and humans who could n't retaliate , and in_due_course , as was inevitable , overreached himself .

Related terms

strike retaliation

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