Retribution

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Social ConsequencesPlay
Retribution can imply social or legal backlash for actions, emphasizing accountability. SlideThe corrupt politician faced public retribution once his crimes were exposed.
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Severity of ActionPlay
The word often conveys a strong and proportional response to a wrongdoing. SlideIn response to the betrayal, she promised retribution that would match the offense.
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Justice vs VengeancePlay
Retribution sometimes blurs the line between just punishment and personal vengeance. SlideHe saw the retribution as justified, but others viewed it as an act of vengeance.