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Of or pertaining to retribution; of the nature of retribution; involving retribution or repayment; as, retributive justice; retributory comforts.
punishing, redressing, retaliating, revenging, counteracting.
retaliatory, vengeful, reciprocating, retributive.
pardoning, dismissing, excusing, refuting, acquitting, vindicating, forgiving, clearing, mitigating, exonerating, exculpating, apologizing, absolving.
restitutive, retaliatory, vengeful.
reprising, judging, burdening, chastising, persecuting, keelhauling, chastening, disciplining, imprisoning, agonizing, executing, sentencing, distressing, penalizing, incarcerating, crucifying, fining, punishing, castigating, anguishing, pillorying, correcting, confining, torturing, afflicting, trying, lambasting.
retorting, reciprocating, repaying, returning fire, countercharging, revenging, responding, exchanging, retaliating, reprising, redressing, countering, counteracting.
retributive, vindicatory, reciprocal, retributory.
Examples of usage:
So she grew tall and strong under his eyes- the dreaded imp of the wood eating his food, squatting at his own fireside; changing into the imagined nymph of the wood that he had seen only in dreams; becoming the very spirit of the wood- yes, the avenging spirit.
wood's - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
The avenging remembrance of elderly people whose late matrimony had furnished food for wit now rose up to torment him, and in his morbid fancy the merriment he had caused was echoed back in his own derision.
Tonelli's - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
If they beheld him, it was more frequently in the character of an avenging judge, than of a protecting sovereign.
- "Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)", Walter Scott.
- avengeing (86%)
- evenging (14%)
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