Main definitions of retribute in English

: retribute1retribute2

retribute1

Pronunciation /ˈrɛtrɪbjuːt/

adjective

rare
  • Only in "retribute justice": = "retributive justice".

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Kirkman (1632–c1680), bookseller and writer. From classical Latin retribūtus, past participle of retribuere retribute.

Main definitions of retribute in English

: retribute1retribute2

retribute2

Pronunciation /rɪˈtrɪbjuːt/ /ˈrɛtrɪbjuːt/

verb

rare
  • 1To give (a thing) in return or as a repayment; to inflict (something) on a person in retaliation.

  • 2To make appropriate return for; to repay; to recompense or avenge (an injury or offence); to reward (an action, good deed, etc.).

  • 3To give something in return; to make an appropriate recompense or repayment; (of God) to deliver the appropriate punishment or reward for past deeds.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Shepardes Kalendar. From classical Latin retribūt-, past participial stem of retribuere to hand back duly (money, or a reward or punishment) from re- + tribuere to give, assign, after retribution.