Retaliate Re*tal"i*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retaliated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retaliating}.] [L. retaliatus, p. p. of retaliare to retaliate; pref. re- re- + a word akin to talio talion, retaliation. Cf. {Talion}.] To return the like for; to repay or requite by an act of the same kind; to return evil for (evil). [Now seldom used except in a bad sense.] [1913 Webster]

One ambassador sent word to the duke's son that his visit should be retaliated. --Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster]

It is unlucky to be obliged to retaliate the injuries of authors, whose works are so soon forgotten that we are in danger of appearing the first aggressors. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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