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PAYBACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does payback mean? 

PAYBACK (noun)
  The noun PAYBACK has 2 senses:

1. financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
2. the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

  Familiarity information: PAYBACK used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PAYBACK (noun)


Sense 1payback [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("payback" is a kind of...):

issue; payoff; proceeds; return; take; takings; yield (the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property)


Sense 2payback [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

vengeance; payback; retribution

Context examples:

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord / For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge / he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him / the swiftness of divine retribution

Hypernyms ("payback" is a kind of...):

retaliation; revenge (action taken in return for an injury or offense)


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