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Definition of "retributionist" []

  • One who holds that there must be retribution (vengeance, punishment) for transgressions. (noun)

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Use "retributionist" in a sentence
  • "It cuts against our retributionist instincts, but holds out the promise of achieving crime reduction while also having less recourse to prison."
  • "Labor's Lost Love: The Obama White House was afraid to directly confront the labor unions 'retributionist drive to oust Lincoln in favor of Lt. Gov."
  • "But, to be honest, few things make me start to reconsider that opinion more than the naked retributionist opinions that appear whenever the death penalty is discussed in certain forums."
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