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Tribute vs Retribution - What's the difference?

tribute | retribution |

As a verb tribute

is .

As a noun retribution is

remuneration, reward.



(en noun)
  • An acknowledgment of gratitude, respect or admiration; an accompanying gift.
  • Please accept this as a tribute of our thanks.
  • * Gray
  • the passing tribute of a sigh
  • A payment made by one nation to another in submission.
  • The Ancient Romans made their conquered countries pay tribute .
  • Extortion; protection money.
  • A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord.
  • (mining) A certain proportion of the mined ore, or of its value, given to the miner as payment.
  • (Pryce)




  • To pay as tribute.
  • retribution



    (en noun)
  • Punishment inflicted in the spirit of moral outrage or personal vengeance.
  • *1983 , Richard A. Posner, The economics of justice m p.208:
  • *:Whereas retribution focuses on the offender's wrong, retaliation focuses on the impulse of the victim (or of those who sympathize with him) to strike back at the offender.
  • * 1999 , , Medieval crime and social control , p.73:
  • *:1. Revenge is for an injury; retribution is for a wrong.
  • *:2. Retribution sets an internal limit to the amount of the punishment according to the seriousness of the wrong; revenge need not.
  • *:3. Revenge is personal; the agent of retribution need have no special or personal tie to the victim of the wrong for which he exacts retribution.
  • *:4. Revenge involves a particular emotional tone, pleasure in the suffering of another, while retribution need involve no emotional tone.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * punishment

    Derived terms

    * retributionist * retributive