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Word: retribution

Definition: deserved punishment for wrongdoing; punishment for offenses; compensation; vengeance; CF. pay back


Sentences Containing 'retribution'

A devout Catholic, she believes the abuse she suffers at his hands is divine retribution for "living in sin", and fantasizes about going to Hell with him.
After a raid nearby Pungo, at Knotts Island, North Carolina, Draper took a female civilian hostage in retribution for the capture of several of his soldiers.
Almost all Buddhist groups, however, oppose the use of the death penalty as a means of retribution.
Aluf Horowitz who was killed in action in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli retribution operations of 1955.
As a means of legal retribution, the relatives of a murder victim have the option to either demand the death penalty for the accused party, or to pardon them for their crimes.
As conditions improved in 1183, the Taira sought retribution against Yoshinaka.
As retribution for the rebellion of 1641, the better-quality remaining lands owned by Irish Catholics were confiscated and given to British settlers commenced.
As the planters, are the greater part of them, both farmers and landlords, the final payment of the tax falls upon them in their quality of landlords, without any retribution.
Because he was interned on Ponza with "Ras" Imru, he avoided the murderous retribution following the attempted assassination of Rodolfo Graziani 19 February 1937.
Because Yuri had made it clear to Jesse that to reveal the secret of his faked death would mean terrible retribution against the whole family, Jesse is forced to deny that he ever spoke with Cassandra during her captivity, claiming that Cassandra must have been hallucinating—but Lea starts trying to put the pieces together.
Benedetto, if still living, will become the instrument of divine retribution in some way or other, and then be duly punished in his turn.
Blackthorne manages to buy a pardon for himself and Nightcrawler, but when D'Compose attacks their court hearing seeking retribution for the formula's failure, they realize that they will need a new Inhumanoid ally for their own protection.
Dismayed by what they see as the bitterness, hatred, or retribution of many feminists against men or other women for current or past injustices, they argue that men and women should cooperate with one another in interpersonal communion.
El-Zeyat and Aouad were each sentenced to 3 counts of life imprisonment with no non-parole period set, Justice Bell noting that ""notwithstanding their relative youth, I have determined that the level of culpability of Naseam El-Zeyat and Ramzi Aouad for the commission of each of these three murders is so extreme that the community's interest in retribution, punishment, community protection and deterrance can only be met through the imposition of the maximum sentence."" Osman was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 22 years.
Fales adds that atheist optimists must be careful to avoid fatalism (not to be confused with determinism) when faced with the grimmer sides of human nature, especially in the absence of divine retribution - a task he says secular humanists realize by seeing their short life and great challenges as serving to deepen their moral obligations to make at least a small contribution.
He admits to Harvey that he took the case as retribution for Harvey's "betrayal" of him when he was forced to resign from his post as DA, when in reality Harvey knew nothing about Donna's actions (and was furious with her once he did) until long after Cameron had stepped down.
He has also appeared in numerous radio and television series including: "Pipkins", "Chambers", "Dial M For Pizza", "Flying the Flag", "Smith and Jones", "The Quest", "Jonathan Creek", "Trial and Retribution" and "The Castle" and "Cabin Pressure" He wrote 23 comedy songs for the comedian Brian Conley when he was appearing in his Saturday evening show in the early nineties.
He has also appeared in the television programmes "Doctors", "Trial Retribution", "Party Animals", "Mongrels", "", "Misfits", "Death in Paradise", "Silk" and "Horrible Histories".
He kills Marron in retribution for Sorin's death.
How extravagant soever the fees of counsellors at law may sometimes appear, their real retribution is never equal to this.
However, when Kamban discovers his son’s love for the princess and realizes the gruesome retribution that would undoubtedly follow, he pleads with Ambikapathi to give up his love.
I have concluded that Adnan Darwiche's level of culpability in the commission of the murders of Ziad Razzak and Melissa Nemra is so extreme that the community's interest in retribution, punishment, community protection and deterrance can only be met through the imposition of a life sentence."" For the other offences he was effectively sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
In "Jesus vs. Santa", Jesus arrives from Heaven to seek retribution.
In 392 Emperor Theodosius I decreed that Christianity was the only legal religion of the Roman Empire, and forbidding pagan practices by law: It is Our will that all the peoples who are ruled by the administration of Our Clemency shall practice that religion which the divine Peter the Apostle transmitted to the Romans...The rest, whom We adjudge demented and insane, shall sustain the infamy of heretical dogmas, their meeting places shall not receive the name of churches, and they shall be smitten first by divine vengeance and secondly by the retribution of Our own initiative"" (Codex Theodosianus XVI 1.2.).
In retribution, Ratched has McMurphy lobotomized.
In the late 1940s, as investigation began on the topic of wartime antisemitic crimes, Aderca expressed his opposition to any violent retribution scenario, noting that one would risk losing the moral high ground in any such situation.
It encourages future terrorist attacks by eliminating the costs of retribution from the calculations of leaders such as Saddam Hussein.
It is the persistence of the laws of nature (and the principle of causation) from day to day, from year to year and across the vastness of time that enables one to conceive "dharma" as eternal. Wholesome, fair-minded actions always bring forth positive future results whereas unwholesome and unjust actions lead to suffering, misery and future retribution.
It is therefore essential, in Kovel's view, that the revolution "takes place in" or spreads quickly to the USA, which "is capital's gendarme and will crush any serious threat", and that revolutionaries reject the death penalty and retribution against former opponents or counter-revolutionaries.
Jewish authorities in Palestine, fearful of British retribution, were quick to distance themselves from "Lehi" actions.
Kovel believes that revolutionary movements must prepare for post-revolutionary violence from counter-revolutionary sources by "prior development of the democratic sphere" within the movement, because "to the degree that people are capable of self-government, so will they turn away from violence and retribution" for "a self-governed people cannot be pushed around by any alien government".
Mass Observation established in 1943 that up to 60% of people maintained a distinction between Germans and Nazis, with only 20% or so expressing any "hatred, vindictiveness, or need for retribution".
Neither was the case one which was clamant for retribution.
On July 30, 1167 anti-Pope Paschal celebrated Mass. Subsequently, Frederick's army was virtually destroyed by pestilence, which most of Europe considered divine retribution for the desecration of St.
Retribution, swift vengeance, eternal malice were in his whole aspect, and spite of all that mortal man could do, the solid white buttress of his forehead smote the ship's starboard bow, till men and timbers reeled.
Seeking retribution, Miz and Truth later attacked both Triple H and CM Punk during their no disqualification match in the main event.
Taxes upon luxuries are finally paid by the consumers of the commodities taxed, without any retribution.
The "Café de Catalanes" and the "Fonda de las Naciones", frequent criollo meeting places, became venues for political discussions and radical proclamations; Francisco José Planes shouted that Cisneros should be hanged in the Plaza as retribution for the execution of the leaders of the ill-fated La Paz revolution.
The bishop of Utrecht eventually (in 1279 or 1281) also added the lands of the rebellious lords to Floris's territory in retribution.
The counsellor at law, who, perhaps, at near forty years of age, begins to make something by his profession, ought to receive the retribution, not only of his own so tedious and expensive education, but of that of more than twenty others, who are never likely to make any thing by it.
The fetid closeness of the air, and a famishing diet, united perhaps to some fears of ultimate retribution, had constrained them to surrender at discretion.
The Natives sought retribution for the series of "purchases" that resulted in massive loss of land to the colonists.
The outcome of the recording was "Getting Heavier", which was sold alongside "Snowball of Doom 2" in a package deal. After the release of "Getting Heavier", Racer X's progress came to a halt. Scott Travis, with Judas Priest, toured with Ozzfest in 2004 and recorded "Angel of Retribution".
The Parthians are said to have feared especially harsh retribution if Caesar won, because the surviving son of Crassus would be among the Roman forces.
They embarked; and so for ever got the start of their former captain, had he been at all minded to work them legal retribution.
This caused Norwegian officials to undertake a campaign of retribution into Bjarmaland which they pillaged in 1222.
This is a world of shadow, danger, and bloody retribution."
Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.''
Walter was given the lordship of Weobley in Herefordshire after the Conquest. He is already attested in the Welsh Marches by 1069, when he is recorded stopping a Welsh attack and then raiding into Wales in retribution.

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