Definition for RET-RI-BU'TION

RET-RI-BU'TION, n. [Fr.]

  1. Repayment; return accommodated to the action; reward; compensation. In good offices and due retributions, we may not be pinching and niggardly. – Hall.
  2. A gratuity or present given for services in the place of a salary. – Encyc.
  3. The distribution of rewards and punishments at the general judgment. It is a strong argument for a state of retribution hereafter, that in this world virtuous persons are very often unfortunate, and vicious persons prosperous. – Spectator.

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