Historian, man of letters, and essayist Thomas Carlyle died on this day in 1881. His three-volume text on the French Revolution argued that it was divine retribution for the monarchy's hubris and excess
In Beijing, a prominent artist, Ai Weiwei, famous as a designer of the “bird’s nest” Olympic stadium, has organised a team of more than 50 volunteers to travel around the earthquake zone and collect the names of students who were killed (he believes there were more than 7,000) and record interviews with their parents. He says team members have been stopped by police more than 20 times. The police usually confiscated or erased their recordings and threatened further retribution if they continued their work. On two occasions, volunteers were beaten. Several of the victims’ parents as well as foreign journalists have suffered similar thuggery. Parents have been warned not to protest. Some who have refused have been told they will be treated as supporters of Falun Gong, an outlawed sect, or of Tibetan independence, says Mr Ai.
noun [U] FORMAL
deserved and severe punishment:
They fled because they feared retribution for the genocide.
She was asked whether a civilian government should seek retribution against military officers involved in human rights abuses.
Many saw her death as divine retribution (= punishment by God) for her crimes.
adjective [before noun] FORMAL
n. (名詞 noun)
In a Baghdad courthouse, Mr. Hussein, in his customary black suit, remained seated as the judge read the verdict finding him guilty of ordering the killings of 148 Shiite-Arab civilians as retribution for a botched 1982 assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail.
In what amounted to an act of literary retribution, Mr. Fraser plucked Flashman from the pages of “Tom Brown’s School Days,” Thomas Hughes’s classic novel of English public-school life published in 1857. In that book, Tom, the innocent young hero, repeatedly falls prey to a sadistic bully named Flashman.
Fifteen: Retribution第十五章 补偏救弊 （第十五章 重審 ）hc：「史景遷著的這本書Treason by the Book ，書名相當簡潔有力，直譯或許為「大逆之書」」-- 參考某人：「此書還聽到過的名字有《叛國之書》，《雍州皇帝之大義覺迷錄》。」
Definition of CUTTHROAT
: a cruel unprincipled person
Examples of CUTTHROAT
- A cutthroat or ruffian; a hoodlum.
- also Thug One of a band of professional assassins formerly active in northern India who worshiped Kali and offered their victims to her.
[Hindi ṭhag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthagaḥ, a cheat, from sthagati, sthagayati, he conceals.]thuggery thug'ger·y n.
thuggish thug'gish adj.
- A person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire: hoodlum, ruffian, tough. Informalhooligan. Slanggoon, gorilla, hood. Seeattack/defend, crimes.