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retaliate /rɪˈtælɪˌeɪt/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to take retributory action, esp by returning some injury or wrong in kind
  2. (intransitive) to cast (accustations) back upon a person
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin retāliāre, from Latin re- + tālis of such kind

reˌtaliˈation n reˈtaliative, reˈtaliatory adj

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