retribution (plural retributions)
- Punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance.
1983, Richard A. Posner, The economics of justice, page 208:
- Whereas retribution focuses on the offender's wrong, retaliation focuses on the impulse of the victim (or of those who sympathize with him) to strike back at the offender.
- 1999, Barbara Hanawalt, Medieval crime and social control, pg. 73
- 1. Revenge is for an injury; retribution is for a wrong.
- 2. Retribution sets an internal limit to the amount of the punishment according to the seriousness of the wrong; revenge need not.
- 3. Revenge is personal; the agent of retribution need have no special or personal tie to the victim of the wrong for which he exacts retribution.
- 4. Revenge involves a particular emotional tone, pleasure in the suffering of another, while retribution need involve no emotional tone.
- See also Wikisaurus:revenge
punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance