(?), n. [L. retributio: cf. F. rtribution.] 1. The act of retributing; repayment.
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In good offices and due retributions, we may not be pinching and niggardly.
Bp. Hall.
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2. That which is given in repayment or compensation; return suitable to the merits or deserts of, as an action; commonly, condign punishment for evil or wrong.
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All who have their reward on earth, . . .
Naught seeking but the praise of men, here find
Fit retribution, empty as their deeds.
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3. Specifically, reward and punishment, as distributed at the general judgment.
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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.
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Syn. -- Repayment; requital; recompense; payment; retaliation.
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}, a. [Cf. LL. retributorius worthy of retribution.] Of or pertaining to retribution; of the nature of retribution; involving retribution or repayment; as, retributive justice; retributory comforts.
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