retaliate
re·tal·i·ate /ri-'ta-lē-ˌāt/ vi -at·ed, -at·ing: to act in revenge
re·tal·i·a·tion /-ˌta-lē-'ā-shən/ n
re·tal·i·a·tive /-'ta-lē-ˌā-tiv/ adj
re·tal·ia·to·ry /-'tal-yə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

retaliate
I verb answer back, avenge, counter, exchange blows, get back, get even, give measure for measure, match, pay back, rebut, reciprocate, repay, repay in kind, requite, return, revenge, strike back, take retribution, take revenge, take vengeance, ulcisci II index answer (reply), penalize, punish, rebut, reciprocate, recriminate, repay, resist (oppose), return (respond)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


retaliate
v.
To strike back; to attack in response to a previous attack; to punish someone or take revenge for a real or imagined wrong.
n.
retaliation
adj.
retaliatory

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • Retaliate — Re*tal i*ate, v. i. To return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • retaliate — (v.) 1610s, from pp. stem of L. retaliare (see RETALIATION (Cf. retaliation)). Related: Retaliated; retaliating …   Etymology dictionary

  • retaliate — *reciprocate, requite, return Analogous words: revenge, *avenge: repay, recompense, compensate (see PAY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • retaliate — [v] get even with someone even the score*, exact retribution, get, get back at, give and take*, make reprisal, pay, pay back, reciprocate, recompense, repay, requite, retrospect, return, return the compliment, revenge, revive, settle, square… …   New thesaurus

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