From Middle English requite, 1570-1580.



requital (countable and uncountable, plural requitals)

  1. Compensation for loss or damage; amends.
  2. Retaliation or reprisal; vengeance.
  3. Repayment, reward, recompense, return in kind.
    • 2009, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, The Nature of Love, p. 233:
      But we are thinking here above all of the happiness that comes with the requital of love, of the case in which my love is returned with an equal love.
    • mid-1590s, William Shakespeare, King John, Act II, sc. 1:
      O, take his mother's thanks, a widow's thanks,
      Till your strong hand shall help to give him strength
      To make a more requital to your love.
    • 1599, Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Act I, sc. 1:
      My lord mayor, you have sundry times
      Feasted myself and many courtiers more:
      Seldom or never can we be so kind
      To make requital of your courtesy.
    • 1791, James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (quoting Johnson):
      In requittal [sic] of those well-intended offices, which you are pleased so emphatically to acknowledge, let me beg that you make in your devotions one petition for my eternal welfare.