retaliation noun

ADJ. massive | swift | trade | nuclear

VERB + RETALIATION bring, prompt, provoke a casual remark that brought swift retaliation from her boyfriend | threaten | fear

PREP. in ~ He never said a single word in retaliation. | in ~ for They killed two men in retaliation for a bomb attack the previous day. | ~ against fearing retaliation against government troops | ~ by/from the possibility of retaliation by other governments | ~ for retaliation for the bombing of civilians

PHRASES an act of retaliation